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Christianity vs Wokeism: The critical difference, forgiving others

In his painting of the Crucifixion of Christ by Mihaly Munkacsy (1844-1900) portrays the crucifixion taking place on Tau crosses that looked like a capital ‘T’ with Christ’s cross including a sign on top.

In a recent podcast, Blaze TV host Jason Whitlock and Steve Deace discussed the new woke religion emerging in America. It is erasing the Christian foundation of the nation.

While Jesus talked about forgiveness and the need to forgive others (Matthew 6:15), the new Woke religion is almost anti-Christian because people are no longer forgiven, even when they apologize.

Deace noted:

“You must constantly repent of your past sins, even ones you didn’t commit when you merely look like those who did, in order to demonstrate the shame you feel for them — but with no assurance any amount of repentance ultimately leads to redemption. You are therefore constantly accused, but never really restored.”

“But in Christianity, we are only responsible for the sins we have actually committed, we bear no one else’s sin burden, and when we repent of them under the covering of the atonement Christ paid for at the cross, we are free forever from our shame and are redeemed. The point of confronting sin is to produce the correction that leads to restoration.

And sometimes when we see our rights and freedoms being trampled by the woke crowd, it is easy for believers to overreact and sometime even be guilty of doing the same thing.

Recently, the Christian band, Seventh Day Slumber (SDS), shared a meme of Christ hugging a person who is LGBTQ complete with rainbow hair and a pink Mohawk.

Seventh Day Slumber meme of Jesus hugging a gay person Credit: Seventh Day Slumber Facebook page

The band’s lead singer, Joseph Rojas, wrote the following caption along with the meme:

“This picture is a powerful reminder of who God is, how God loves, and how none of us are out of His reach! You can come to Him in your hurt, you can come to Him in your pain, you can come to Him in your sin, you can come to Him in your brokenness. He loves you where you’re at. He also loves you too much to leave you there. Be kind to one another. You never know what someone has been through.”

This is absolutely Biblical truth. God unquestionably loves us all.

Unfortunately, there was varied response to the meme on Social Media. Several Christians condemned SDS and according to Charisma News some venues even cancelled previously scheduled SDS concerts.

God does not want us to conform to this world and start acting the same way as cancel culture. We need to forgive as we have been forgiven, and believers also have the added injunction that we must forgive our enemies. In fact, Jesus adds that not only are we to love enemies, we also need to be praying for them (Matthew 5:44).

Cancel culture is not the Christian world.

A bit more on cancel culture:

Cancel culture is running rampant. It doesn’t matter if you no longer believe it, or if the person apologizes, or even if they never did it (guilt by association), the new woke religion never forgives and never forgets.

As well, people are being force to apologize again and again for things they did as no one seems to be forgiving them.

One of the more absurd incidents involves a NASCAR driver who lost a sponsorship because of a racist statement that his father made 35 years ago. READ: NASCAR Driver Loses Sponsorship Over Father’s Racial Slur … 35 Years Ago

People are being fired or cancelled because of stupid things they said or did even as a teenager. In a recent article, Forbes Magazine cited other examples:

So what is cancel culture? (Further discussion of all the examples in this piece can be found herehereherehere, and here.) First and foremost it is punitive when it comes to issues of race, gender, sexuality and related topics. Transgressions must be punished no matter how long ago they occurred. There were serious calls for the governor of Alabama to resign because she wore blackface in a college skit 52 years ago. It is also unforgiving. An executive at Boeing was forced out because he wrote an article opposing women as fighter pilots in 1987 and a trustee at Gettysburg College was forced out for wearing a fake Nazi uniform to a Hogan’s Heroes-themed costume party in 1980 when he was a college student. Both men apologized very sincerely and humbly and there is nothing in all the decades since then to hint that they are misogynist or anti-Semitic. […]

Cancel culture is also a belief that you are no better than your worst moment no matter how young you were when you transgressed, even if it was an isolated incident. A major university withdrew an admissions offer from a student because she once used the n-word in a three-second video she sent to two white friends when she was 15 years old. Having just gotten her learner’s permit, she said “I can drive [n-word].”

READ: What Is Cancel Culture?

READ: ‘The ETHOS of Forgiveness is what made America’ – Jason Whitlock and Steve Deace on Christianity vs. Wokeism AND Christian Rock Band Faces Severe Backlash for Post on Jesus’ Love for LGBTQ Community

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