Dealing with Cancel Culture: 5 Practical Steps

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It’s all fun and games when it comes to cancel culture…unless you are at the receiving end. And with the prevailing culture in our society today, Christians are more likely to face backlash and some form of cancel culture for standing up to their beliefs and biblical principles. And we cannot count how many times that has happened already. However, this article presents five practical ways of dealing with cancel culture as a Christian when you are the victim.

So…what do you do when you are on the receiving end or dealing with cancel culture?

The simple answer is grace. Yes. Grace. That is without excluding love and faith.

But first of all, you must understand why you are being canceled. It’s easy to be carried away by your emotions—which are valid anyway.

What do you do?

First, you have to figure out who. Is the backlash from fellow Christians or not? What was the trigger? Is my stand biblical? Doctrinal?

Taking a step back to reflect on your comments too might help you figure out what to do next. But don’t get it twisted. Being canceled, even by fellow believers, doesn’t always mean you are in the wrong.

If the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit convict you to see the error of your ways, apologize sincerely.

If not…

Continue in the Lord and the power of His might…

Stay rooted in your faith and beliefs. Your identity is in Christ and you are His representative, so you are bound to suffer persecution just as He did.

Colossians 2:7 says to be “rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” When you face cancel culture, lean on your faith. Spend time in prayer and read the Scriptures. God’s word will give you strength and guidance.

Seeking support from your Christian community may help when dealing with cancel culture

You shouldn’t go through these times alone! Reach out to your church family, friends, and fellow believers for support.

Hebrews 10:24-25 encourages us to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together… but encouraging one another.” Prayers, encouragement, and advice from your community can sure comfort and keep you going.

Yeah, it isn’t easy, but respond with grace and love

Everyone gets it. It’s only natural to want to defend yourself aggressively. But taking the higher road of grace and love is the way to go as a Christian. “What would Jesus do?” should be your watchword. Yeah, it’s hard, but forgive them and move forward.

Matthew 5:44 says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Love and kindness can often disarm those who are against you and show the love of Christ in action.

Now to the more difficult part…pray for those trying to cancel you

Ask God to soften their hearts and open their eyes to the truth.

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” — Luke 6:27-28.

What else?

Go to the Scripture. Study and think about stories of biblical figures who faced persecution, like Daniel in the lion’s den (Daniel 6) or Paul and Silas in prison (Acts 16). These stories remind us that God is always with us, even in the darkest times.

Finally, brethren…

….”Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Trust that God has a purpose for your trials and will guide you through them.

Remember, you are NEVER ALONE! Jesus is with you until the end of the age.

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