Belief in God is a crutch for the weak-willed and pathetic to lean on to get them through. Hardly the sort of thing the rest of us self-assured and well-educated folk need. Sound familiar?
Belief in God is costly, difficult and certainly not for the weak-willed. Openly following God will affect your ability to pursue your career, adopt or foster children and even affect your social standing. Whether you have heterosexual, homosexual or some other sexual desires you will have to exercise a level of self-control or practice self-denial, possibly to a degree that is near unbearable. Your ambitions, methods, longings, passion and drive will be challenged by God’s Word and as if that is not enough you are commanded to serve people you don’t like and be generous even when struggling to get by. You are supposed to rejoice in difficult times, forgive folk who don’t deserve to be forgiven and turn the other cheek when struck. Belief in God, by which I mean recognising he comes complete with demands and standards, is arguably more of a rod than a crutch.
News item about Christians being persecuted
The world is witnessing uprisings in numerous countries across the globe with recent uproar in Syria, Libya, Egypt and America. Much to our embarrassment the world didn’t see a proper coup or tanks rolling into London, instead we watched our youths raid the UK’s Rebok and Nike shoe shops, yeh in it! These idiotic thugs who burn down shops and steal are the weak-willed non intellects of our society, yet it is the young Christians who are jeered for abstaining from sex outside of marriage or refusing to tell lies to get on. For youngsters in the UK Christianity offers no crutch, instead it brings a cross of abuse and mockery, for the servant is not above his master. Even for adult believers things are tough as so many people have been brainwashed into believing that atheism is the default position we all must accept, when in truth atheism is just another theoretical belief. If that is not bad enough we are constantly perceived to be dunces at loggerheads with science, despite the reality that science is far from at war with Christianity. Some very vocal scientists pick fights with Christianity, but certainly not science itself!
Looking to the uprisings in Islamic nations every revolution we watch is followed by a persecution of believers. Where the government has been overthrown, especially if overthrown with American military aid, persecution is guaranteed. Last month the militant Islamists Boko Haram ordered Christians out of Northern Nigeria or face death and after their spree of Christmas violence that left over 40 people dead murder continues daily. Islamists also brutalised Christians in Uganda, Ethiopia, India and Iran. In India one congregation was attacked by around 20 Hindu extremists carrying stones and clubs. They beat up and wounded all the men, women and children present.
Christians facing persecution misery and death are not weak-willed people in need of a psychological crutch, some of them are in fact left holding a crutch. Christianity is hardly the crutch of choice for weak-willed pathetic people, especially when faced with acid attacks, being beaten and struggling with desires. All this in the face of ridicule. Having said all that Christians can lean on him. He is our rock, our fortress, our saviour and our strength. He’s much better than a crutch!