Seinfeld and Cherry-picking

Pastor Johnny Hunt of First Baptist Church Woodstock often says that he rarely has an original thought. I’m the same way. Thus…

Jonathan Acuff posted the following video on Stuff Christians Like

You know what that video is missing? Laugh track? Yes. Continuity? Sure.

Context.

In context, every single one of those scenes is hilarious (have I mentioned that I am a HUGE Seinfeld fan?). But take bits and pieces out of several episodes and the humor is masked.

Christians and non-Christians alike try to do the same thing with Scripture. Non-Christians use verses out of context to add to God-breathed doctrine or to take away from the Bible’s meaning. Christians will “cherry-pick” verses to justify their own behavior or condemn someone elses.

We’ve all heard examples of both situations, haven’t we?

Judge not, so you won’t be judged.

People use this to castigate anyone who ever forms a negative opinion about someones sin.

God is love, so He wouldn’t send people to hell.

God IS love, which is why He sent His Son to die so that all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

God won’t give me more than I can deal with.

Actually, the verse says you won’t be TEMPTED beyond what you can ESCAPE. God FREQUENTLY stretches us spiritually.

Understanding scripture is vital. We have to know what the Bible actually says so we can be prepared to put it into practice when the time comes.

Advertisements