It’s fascinating to me how some people think of Christianity as just a “crutch to get through life.” Like it is something for only fools and failures. And once those that admit this attain the status of a “good Christian,” you’ll have less problems and temptations than everyone else and you will bible beat the heck out of those that don’t believe every single thing that you do.
Christianity is not a crutch. It does not merely support you. Rather, it is something that carries you (Isaiah 46:4). With a crutch, you continue to hobble along with what little strength you still manage to possess. You are free to do practically whatever you want whenever you want, but with a slow and painful gait. You depend on no one but yourself. Being carried is quite different. Much different, in fact.
Being carried is like being weightless. You are always encompassed by a pair of arms and your own are free to do as they please or take hold around the back of the others neck. During the times of laughing and dancing, we may not need to have as firm of a grip around His neck while being carried. But whenever the time to weep and mourn comes, you always have your own arms to wrap around His shoulders to keep you steadfast in times of trouble (Ecclesiastes 3:4). Being carried, you may not always have complete control of where you are going. After all, your feet are no longer touching the ground. But with lips to speak, you may tell the One who is hoisting you which way you would like to go. To many, this may be a bit uncomfortable. It was to me for the longest time. It’s hard letting go and letting God, for anybody. Period. But in Proverbs 3:5, we are called to “trust in the Lord with all of your heart, leaning not on your own understanding.” God is more than happy to steadfastly listen to all that you have to say and take it all into account for His future plans for you. Each request you make will always be answered. If not with a yes, than with a greater yes. With time, conflict of opinion will become less and less apparent as your will becomes entwined with His own.
As for having less problems and temptations to deal with, that statement is nothing but a complete and utter falsehood. Those that profess to be Christian are held much more accountable than those that do not. By committing to a serious relationship with Him, you should always take your will, desires, and actions into account before acting on them. It is the same way with a parent or a significant other, you know them intimately and you want to do your best to keep both the other person and the relationship as a whole in good spirits. If not, it leads to trouble down the road.
The presence of temptations is also very real in the lives of Christians. Satan only attacks those that appear to be a threat, and Christians are the perfect target. Unlike others, they have had a taste of what all God has to offer: peace, love, redemption. Satan knows that the longer they continue down God’s path, the more others will start to notice that strange light about them and decide to shine too. To combat this, Satan will throw every dirty temptation he can at us in order for us to turn from God or at least stop us in our tracks for a while. But the Bible ensures us that “God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
As for bible beating, yes. There are unfortunately a number of those that would easily fit into this category, even by the opinion of other Christians. It pains me to say that some would rather use knowledge garnered from the bible to puff themselves up rather than to lift others up. At times, when I was first learning, I would even do this. I didn’t know it at the time, but looking back I will own up to the fact. Bible beating is honestly just another form of judgement, you set yourself up on a pedestal while unexplicitly labeling others as more ignorant and lesser than you. Matthew 7:1 clearly warns us not to judge, or else we will be judged. We as Christians are called to be a light in this world (Matthew 5:14), and there is absolutely no way that we can be so while talking down to and judging others in such a way.
So, there you have it. Tired with crutches? Humble yourself to being carried. Dealing with temptation? Overcome it. Bible beating? Stop. Christianity may not be immune to all of the problems Satan and this world throw at us, but it sure has a way of swooping you into the warmest embrace of your life.
“I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4).