Searching for Answers & Cancel Culture
The turbulence of the past few years has left many people feeling lost and searching for answers to spiritual questions. Also, in the world of social media, justice is confused as being canceled rather than being reconciled.
The turbulence of the past few years has left many people feeling lost and searching for answers to spiritual questions. That description fit Kenneth Durlin, a young man recently baptized through the Kairos ministry at Brentwood Baptist Church near Nashville.
The 34-year-old Durlin said his spiritual journey started in the summer of 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic citing a divorce as one of many reasons he began searching for hope and answers in the Bible.
Despite growing up in the South, Durlin said he had never been to church or read a Bible prior to attending the service at Brentwood.
He began his search by opening the Bible and Googling “hopeful” verses, trying to find some encouragement.
The search eventually led him to a service at Brentwood and Matthew Purdom. After meeting several times, Durlin turned from his sin and followed Christ.
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In his new book Terms of Service: The Real Cost of Social Media, Chris Martin says, “Cancel culture bears the fruit of vengeance more than it bears the fruit of justice.” He says this is the case because in the world of social media, justice is confused as being canceled rather than being reconciled.
In the book published by B&H, Martin lists several reasons he believes this to be the case.
One reason is there is subjective morality online. Martin says there isn’t a shared morality on which a case for canceling someone may be built.
He says there is no incentive for reconciliation. To forgive or attempt to reconcile would undermine the true goal of cancellation: vengeance.
Martin also points to the fact that there is no real opportunity for follow up in the online world of cancel culture. Since personal relationships are at a minimum, there’s no real opportunity for accountability.
You can read the full article to hear more of Martin’s case against cancel culture at BaptistPress.com
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