Have you ever had a surgery or been rushed to the emergency room for a serious injury? It’s not a fun experience. But after some time, you leave the hospital with a cast or brace, and a pair of crutches, and set out on the long road to recovery. So, are crutches a help or a hurt? Would an amputee tell the doctor, “Who are you to give me those crutches? That means I’m weak and need help!” While some may be bitter in that circumstance, the majority of recovering patients would be thankful for advances in medicine that make it possible to become improve from physical weakness.

That being said, you can probably imagine how confused I felt upon hearing people reject the Gospel because belief in Christianity ” is a crutch”. At first, I was tempted to be angry, but I recalled that crutches are something good ad worth depending on in times of weakness. If we are honest with ourselves, we are indeed “weak and wounded, sick and sore” (“Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”)

Jesus came to live and die in the place of sinners-those who know they have not met God’s perfect standard of righteous living. In Matthew 9:12,13 Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick… For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” He was gracious enough to “forgive all our iniquities” Psalm 103:3. Just as a crutch aids the weak in becoming physically stronger, so repentance and faith aid sinners in becoming spiritually healthy.

That being said, we do not need to be offended when we are told that what we believe is a crutch. While we must remember “Christianity is not an excuse to be intellectually lazy,” (Walk Good-Is Christianity a Crutch? we must also realize that for those who realize their own spiritual sin and weakness, it is like a crutch.

When faced by those who would mock what we believe, let us not be to proud to accept our own weakness.