I was watching a video from a Christian Youtuber named Ruslan. He made a reaction video to comedian Dave Chappelle’s comments on the transgender community. Dave Chappelle is a well-known American comedian who’s been under fire for his recent Netflix special, The Closer, during which he said some quite politically incorrect statements about transgender people. He believes gender is biological, and he also believes in freedom of speech. Dave doesn’t identify as a Christian or even a conservative, but Christians can take away from this situation.
1. We don’t have to fear cancel culture. Cancel culture has been an issue in American media for the past several years. Many people have lost their jobs for having a conservative view on certain issues. Dave doesn’t have to fear that since he’s a big comedian and great at what he does. When you have a good body of work, people can’t cancel you.
2. We can embrace people without agreeing with their lifestyle. Dave had a friend who was a transgender female. She had a dream of being a famous comedian like Dave Chappelle. She went to a lot of Dave’s shows in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dave let her open for her and agreed to mentor her. She defended Dave despite his views on Transgender people. She faced so much backlash on Twitter that she ended up committing suicide. Dave’s most recent special was in honor of her, but most people couldn’t look past his jokes.
We will find people in our life who disagree with our views, but we can still love them as people. Not all Democrats are bad people, and not all homosexuals are either. If we want people to have empathy for us, we must show it to others.
“Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me,’ Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.
While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'”
– Mark 2:13-17 [KJV]