Saturday, 11 May 2013

Is Christianity just a crutch?

The other day I was thinking about trials and how we don't get to choose the trials we face. We don't get to choose whether it's an illness, or the loss of a job, a broken relationship, marriage or whatever. Life just hands us our lot and we have to deal with it. I was going to say how it's OK because God never gives us anything we can't handle, and as I was looking for that scripture, I found out that it doesn't actually exist. God sometimes does allow stuff in our lives that we can't handle. On our own, that is.

Sometimes life can hand you something that you literally can't bear, unless you have God to hold you up. The bible actually says that it is in our weaknesses that His strength is made perfect and His grace is sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12 v 9).  Some people say Christianity is just a crutch for weak people. And I used to think that this was a bad thing. But recently, I'm not so sure. A crutch after all is meant to provide support or assistance for somebody that can't walk on their own. I've come to the point where I'm more than happy to admit that I can't get through life without my faith. My relationship with God is what keeps me going a lot of the time. Yes, I'm admitting that I'm weak and that I can't do it on my own. And there's nothing wrong with that. In fact, only when you admit that you can't do it on your own will you begin to see the full extent of God's power at work in your life. 

I read somewhere that the root of all sin is pride; human beings thinking that they don't need God. Sometimes you go through some stuff or you hear what some people are facing and you can't help but wonder, 'how do they do it?' 'how can anyone get through that if they don't have a relationship with Christ?'

So, when I hear people say that Christianity is a crutch, I have to say, I agree with them. Because we all need something to hold on to. But it's so much more than that. Because that very thing we're holding on to is not just a form of support, it's LIFE itself (John 14 v 6).