We live in a “Cancel Culture” where people who have demonstrated adverse social behavior are shamed and ostracized en masse. Such people are said to be “canceled.” Some say that a cancel culture is a tool against toxic behavior. Still, I wonder how effective it might be in educating and warning people that they could be next? That no one is really “immune” from falling out of grace.

While reading Ezekiel 32 today, I encountered this verse which made me think about how we see those who have fallen from grace.

I will cause many peoples to be appalled at you, and their kings will shudder with horror because of you when I brandish my sword before them. On the day of your downfall each of them will tremble every moment for his life.

Ezekiel 32:10 (NIV)

This verse refers to the other nations seeing the downfall of Egypt and shuddering with horror because they could be next. Yet, I don’t see this attitude of humility within this cancel culture. If anything, it seems people gloat over those who are “canceled.” As Christians, we must remember this truth.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23 (NIV)

It is not for us to revel or gloat when people fall. The higher a person rises, whether in the world or the Church, all eyes are upon that person. However, rather than rejoice that “justice” has been done when someone falls, we ought to remember that anyone could be next in this world of mob rule. Therefore, we should extend grace to them as Christ has extended grace to us.