“How easily we forget that the church was founded by disciples who betrayed their master. None was willing to stand by Jesus as the religious and political authorities condemned him to death. At his moment of greatest need, the disciples fled in the darkness. The boldest of the lot, Peter, was the very one who cursed and denied him three times before the cock crew. It was for traitors that Jesus died” (Philip Yancey, Soul Survivor).
It seems to be quite trendy in this day and age to cancel people. When someone famous says or does anything inappropriate or un-PC, the tendency is to write that person off.
It doesn’t matter whether the offending statement or tweet or post was from last night or from 20 years ago, that person is automatically and forevermore a bigot, a homophobe, a misogynist, or just a bad human being.
We are now living in the cancel culture, but that is not the Christ culture that Jesus calls His followers to live out.
Before you write someone else off, remember how many times you yourself have needed grace. Remember how many times you deserved to be written off and cancelled for your poor choices and dumb mistakes. Remember how often when you were tempted to give up on yourself, God didn’t.
We’re called not to karma but to grace. Karma says that you get what you deserve. Grace says that Jesus got what you deserve and He gives you what He alone deserves.
Remember that Jesus forgave His enemies and betrayers. Not only that, He forgave them while they were in the very middle of murdering Him.
That’s the kind of grace and mercy that transforms criminals into Christians, betrayers into believers, and deniers into disciples. That’s the kind of grace you and I need, as well as the kind we need to show.