When we face the inevitable crises of life, we can turn to ourselves, our capacities, and our achievements, or we can turn to the One who created us, endowed us with our capacities, and enabled our achievements. We can trust creatures or their Creator. We can trust our wisdom or his word.
The cancel culture ethic doesn’t simply exist “out there” in the larger culture; it has infiltrated our homes. Our dinner tables have become personal social media platforms. Increasingly, this doesn’t merely take the form of political ideology, it is quite simply a fading ability to forgive.
Forgiveness has been all but forgotten by today's High Priests in the religion of Wokedom. Far too many Americans today are bowing down to the Overlords of Woke and, in turn, are experiencing the brutal reality of a life without the possibility of forgiveness, redemption, mercy or grace.
Harvard professor Arthur C. Brooks has a terrific article in The Atlantic titled, “New Year’s Resolutions That Will Actually Lead to Happiness.” After surveying literature regarding our typical difficulties in keeping resolutions for the new year, he determines that “the key to success is positive motivation.” Then he identifies the two motivations that most lead to happiness: forgiveness and gratitude.
Our forgiveness was always God’s plan. His desire for sinful humans is to “forgive their iniquity” and “remember their sin no more” (Jeremiah 31:34; cf. Isaiah 43:25). This is why our Father “made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I’m ready to make a prediction about the 2020 election. No, this is a prediction I thought about making months ago, but I couldn’t quite figure out how to articulate it. Even so, I’m ready to predict that many people are going to regret how they talked about and treated others over the last year or more.