Is Christianity a crutch for the weak?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Some famous person once said that only the weak need Christianity. It is a crutch for those who cannot cope with life - the born losers.
Let us look at what it means to be a Christian, or a believer in the God of the Bible. (We do not mean by ‘Christian’ a Caucasian who grew up in the Western world. We mean a person of any race or colour or level of society who heeded God’s call for repentance and salvation and is filled with the Holy Spirit, and who accepts the Scriptures as the Word of God.)
1. Is it easy to repent? You have to acknowledge that you don’t have the knowledge, insight and influence to make a success of life without God, and you cannot provide heaven after death on your own. That takes guts, and some humility.
2. After repentance, the command is to be baptised. Baptism symbolizes the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It means to renounce or die to the world. It is a public statement that one relies on Jesus and trusts in Him. To many people it is degrading to be baptised, but it is the example the sinless Jesus gave.
3. To be led by the Holy Spirit gives many the shivers, because it implies that one relinquishes control. It takes courage to relinquish control of one’s life.
4. Jesus told us to take up our cross and follow Him. That hardly sounds enticing when you realize you might be required to literally give your life for Him, which is easier said than done. Yet millions of martyrs have done just that. They were fed to lions, burned at the stake, and killed in various ways.
5. We are to acknowledge God before men. Think about the laughter of your fellow workers when you do that. ‘Holy Joe’! they will exclaim. Yet the command is clear: if you are ashamed of Jesus, He will be ashamed of you in front of His Father when He comes into His kingdom.
6. Devotion to God requires time to study, read and meditate on the Word, praying and belonging to a church. It allows less time for TV, or indulging in pleasures and hobbies.
7. If you are a Christian you are required to help the poor, who are often despised, because people think they are too lazy to work. It is not easy to obey Jesus when you do not understand why you should do a thing.
8. We are told to forgive. It might be the family member that stole part of your inheritance, who abused you, the man who defrauded you out of a few thousand rand. This is not a job for the weak willed. You have to be strong in the Lord to do it.
9. How about loving your enemy? Is that something for the weak, or faint hearted?
10. What about avoiding certain TV programs, or DVD’s that mock God, some parties that are an offense to Him? That is not for the weak, but for the strong.
Summary. To say that the weak, the losers in life, those who cannot make it, are the ones who flock to Christ, is a superficial, silly observation which smacks of ignorance and finding an excuse not to embrace the hard life of the believer (‘we must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God, Acts 14:22). God specifically says that the cowardly will not be in heaven (Revelation 21:8). Who are the cowards? Those who cannot swim against the stream, who are afraid to lose their friends who might be offended when they become believers, who hate to control their passions like drinking, living immorally, swearing, et cetera. They are the ones who should be pitied and prayed for. God will reward those who persevered through trials and temptations. If it was true that Christianity is for the weak who need a crutch, then eternal life is for the ‘weak’ and eternal punishment for the ‘strong’. Those who are followers of Christ, people of the Way (Acts 9:2), must remember one thing: one day it will be worth it all. That feeling of being an overcomer will last for billions and billions of years, and no one will regret the small price that was paid on earth to be part of the bride of Christ.