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After a term becomes ubiquitous, there is a temptation to map that term over anything that looks like the original intent of the term. We have many illustrations of this, e.g., Kleenex or abuse.
The most precise way to think about the cancel culture is to understand it according to what is happening in our culture, i.e., Mr. Potato Head, Dr. Seuss, Aunt Jamima, Uncle Ben, Gina Carrano, Goya Beans, statues, monuments, renaming of high schools, etc.
Ministries canceling someone is not precisely the cancel culture, though it iterates similarly.
There is a danger in putting every fracture in a relationship in the bucket of the cancel culture.
The cancel culture is a culture that tries to manipulate you into conforming to their beliefs, and they will not tolerate alternate opinions. But every person or organization that separates from you is not the cancel culture.
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Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).