Cancel Culture has become such a big part of life and leadership, as have anger and outrage. How do you lead in that environment, and how do you respond to a culture that’s increasingly angry and unforgiving?
Authors Sarah Anderson (whose father ran for President) and Scott Sauls join the podcast to discuss the dynamics behind Cancel Culture, the problems with public shaming and how to find common ground with people you disagree with.
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Plus, in this episode’s What I’m Thinking About segment, Carey talks about five reasons that anger is a new epidemic.
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INSIGHTS FROM SCOTT AND SARAH
1. All generations have “caved to the culture” not just Millennials and Gen Z
Older Christians today are seeing many young people either leaving the faith, embracing the opposite political party, or both and assume that those young people have “caved to the culture.” But, Scott would point out that many older Christians “caved to the culture” of the blending of the Church and the Republican party.
In fact, one of the biggest reasons that the younger generation is leaving the faith is, “Because our parents’ and grandparents’ generation conflated their right-leaning politics with their faith.” So, how can we fix this? Well, you need to act and believe that you can learn from the opposite generation rather than cancelling them.
2. Outrage spreads faster than kindness online
If you’ve spent any amount of time online, you’ve likely noticed that the amount of outrage you see has increased exponentially over the last few years. Both Scott and Sarah point out that the rise of technology and social media have played a key role in the sudden increase, and it’s doing a lot of damage to public discourse.
While kindness and outrage are both contagious in-person, outrage seems to spread much faster than kindness online. If you want to combat this, do the heavy intellectual work to be an individual with individual thoughts on issues rather than agreeing with the mob of people you agree with online.
3. Cancel Culture is not the solution to an individual’s failures
One of the saddest realities of the internet is the rise of “Cancel Culture” where anyone who steps out of line because of one statement or action is automatically a terrible person who can never be redeemed. Andy Stanley puts it this way, “All it takes is saying five wrong words for me to completely undo everything I’ve built.” Sadly, Andy’s right.
So, what’s wrong with this reality? Isn’t it good to hold people accountable? Scott, Sarah and Carey all agree that holding people accountable privately is a good thing, but the kind of public accountability Cancel Culture imposes is a recipe for failure.
While it feels right to publicly punish those who sin and step out of line, this is the opposite of what Jesus did. Carey, Sarah and Scott would all say that if you don’t have a personal tie to the situation, you should think twice before posting about it online.
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