Over at Jesus Creed, Scott McKnight posed an interesting question:
It is often said, fairly or not, that we all “pick and choose” when it comes to living out the Bible. In your opinion, what is the most obvious example of “picking and choosing”? (For instance, picking head coverings for women but not choosing the holy kiss!)
The one that comes quickest to mind to me is when people quote 1 Timothy 2:12 to me 'I permit no woman to teach of to have authority over a man" but ignore the earlier instruction in verse 9 "woman should dress themselves modestly and decently in suitable clothing, not with their hair braided, or with god, pearls or expensive clothes." While there are traditions that don't let women teach/preach which also ban braided hair and gold earrings, I can think of quite a few denominations that see nothing wrong with gold earrings but which don't let women teach.
What examples come to mind for you?