I’m a dedicated CrossFitter, but I freely admit to cherry-picking.
The gym posts the workout of the day to the blog the night before. When the workout is in my wheelhouse (double-unders or deadlifting), I get to class early to stretch and to strategize. If I don’t like the workout (burpees or running), I don’t go.
Following the not-guilty verdict of the George Zimmerman trial, Bible verses started swirling on social media. And there was a lot of cherry-picking.
I saw “Let not your heart be troubled…” (John 14:1) multiple times. Also, the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) had a good showing. Even Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother tweeted her favorite Bible verse.
For those who are Christians and for whom these words provide comfort, such verses emphasize compassion and hope in the face of adversity. For others, these words may seem trite and even insensitive. They can be seen as offering a knee-jerk, turn-the-other-cheek religion that disallows anger, grief, or justice. Of course, there are plenty of other verses that express lament, but we tend to select the texts that suit us and that suit our purposes.
Since I’m a biblical scholar, you may expect me to be able to offer some timeless biblical wisdom, but I can’t do it today.
Sometimes, you have to go outside of the canon to find something more contemporary and more recognizable that speaks to you. For me, today, that something is “For My People.”