He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Some one asked me the other day,“Pastor, what is the difference in cherry picking the scripture, versus me using certain verses for hope and inspiration?” Oh Grasshopper you know, deep in your soul, what the answer is. When people use verses to shame, degrade, humiliate, or hurt someone, or a group, that is just plain wrong. When people take verses and use them as a weapon, or to advance an immoral or indecent act of aggression toward someone, that is cherry picking, not only is it wrong, but it is evil.
When we find short verses or chunks of scripture that uplift, lighten our burden, bring hope, peace, love, and or joy, this is one way to use scripture correctly. When we read stories, parables, whole books of the Bible, we are reading God’s living word. And God’s whole message to us.
 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”  He (Jesus) said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Matthew 22:36-40 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
All scripture is to be read through the lens of love, if it is read in any other way, we are reading it wrong. In these days of upheaval and uncertainty there is a cry from the church to do something, and to not stand by idling watching as the world as we knew it erupts in pandemic, racism and all kinds of other evil. It is easy to stand by and be an “innocent” bystander. But when we do nothing, say nothing, we become complicit in the seemingly never ending cycle of pain.
I am not even saying you must leave your home. If you are housebound, at risk for health reasons, or any other number of reasons, there are still things you can do! Reach out to someone who is on the front lines of our healing, send encouraging notes, write your government officials, continue reading and wondering about our own guilt, and complicities in white privilege.
For many of us, we let fear rule our lives and we end up stagnant, and stubborn in our own realities, never questioning what we think we know. My dear friends, the church should not enter into partisan politics, it is folly. But the church has a duty to care for all people, in all places, at all times. We are required dear mortals, to act for justice, love mercy and to walk humbly with God.