Every job I’ve ever worked had the same rule. When I worked processing contracts for an international company, they said “Don’t Cherry Pick” the contacts. When I sold cars and bartended they said “Don’t Cherry Pick” the customers. Take each contract and each customer as they come.
We tend to cherry-pick like we are in line at a Las Vegas casino buffet. One of our favorite cherry-picking choices comes when we want to throw our opinions on a matter that has zero to do with us. We cherry pick scriptures and quotes but skip over scriptures like “Judge not, that ye be not judged” Matthew 7:1 and “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.“ John 8:7. We skip over them like they don’t exist.
We can easily forget that no man is without sin. Not a soul is perfect. Our glasshouses are full of cracks, holes, and damage from us throwing our rocks at others because they are human just like me and you. Let me say it again, we are ALL wounded, we are ALL made in his image, we ALL bleed red. It’s not that blacks are more violent because they rioted. It’s not that whites are more violent because they stormed the Capitol. Skin color has zero to do with it.
Not once in the Bible does it mention a skin color but it does mention the heart. It does mention the Pharisees who Jesus calls hypocrites, the Bible mentions the betrayers, the judges, and the liars. We can get it twisted like a peppermint candy cane real fast. We can talk out of both sides of our mouth when it isn’t about us.
We must stay focused on “First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” and quit cherry-picking what we want to apply to other’s lives when it has zero to do with us.