Oh Christianity, that’s just a crutch for the weak.
When people say this, I can’t help but agree. They don’t mean as a compliment of course but it’s the truth.
Christianity is for the weak, the broken, the screwed-up. It’s for the losers, the outcasts, the rejects, the hurting. It’s for everyone who doesn’t fit in — and that’s all of us.
Jesus is the Divine Physician who has come to heal the sick. The Church is the field hospital, where sinners tend sinners with the healing they themselves have received.
Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.
In fact, weakness is a prerequisite of being a Christian. Or rather, knowing you’re weak and you need a crutch is a prerequisite for being a Christian. We’re all weak. We’re all messed up. We all need help. The real question isn’t “are you weak?”, it’s “do you know and accept that you’re weak?”
If you’re a Christian, then you’re a Christian because you’re a sinner and you need Jesus. Like, you need Him.
No one comes to Christ without desperately needing Him. There is no disinterested acceptance on our part. We don’t get to be the lofty philosopher, calmly considering the different alternatives before us and choosing the most appropriate. You’re not a Christian because you think it’s the more rational explanation for the universe. You’re not a Christian because approve of the Christian ethic.
We come to Christ crawling on our knees, knowing our weakness and begging for salvation — or we don’t come at all.
The crutch of Christianity isn’t like any other crutch though. Yes, like other crutches, it’s made of wood — but that’s where the resemblance ends. For this crutch is shaped like a cross, the cross of Jesus Christ. It’s far better than any crutch you could ever dream or imagine.
- The crutch of the Cross can take the full weight of your sins and sufferings. It doesn’t just support you a little bit as you hobble along. In fact, the more you lean on this crutch, the stronger you can become.
- The crutch of the Cross brings true freedom. It isn’t something you just put up with, an annoying stick that you drag along. When you realise it’s power, you want this crutch. It’s freeing, not constricting.
- The crutch of the Cross actually heals within. Other crutches give your body a break so it has time to heal. No crutch can actually heal you — but the crutch of the Cross does. Because this crutch is the living wood of the Cross, it is filled with the medicine that heals our broken bones, our lameness, our hobbling steps.
- The crutch of the Cross is our glory. No one boasts about needing a crutch, but we do. We glory in the Cross: “far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)
I love that Christianity is a crutch because I know I need it. I can’t do this on my own. I need a Saviour — and by the grace of God, I have one.
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.