Just a Crutch

You’ve heard people say it … perhaps you’ve said it.

“Jesus is just a crutch.”

“Christianity is for weak people.”

“Religion is the easy way out.”

People that believe this kind of crap have no idea what it means to be a Christian. There are times when being a disciple of Christ is the most complicated thing imaginable. There are times when all of my base instincts … all of my nature is screaming for me to take the easy way out and forget that I’m a Christian. There are times that if I could put Christ in a box and forget about Him for even just five minutes life would be simpler.

I’m a dude. In every sense of the word. There are moments when I would just as well smack someone upside the head as to look at them. There are moments when I want to turn every bit of my sarcasm and hate on someone and tear them apart. There are moments when I don’t want to be a disciple.

Yet Christ is always there.

He doesn’t go away.

He expects things out of me.

He challenges me to be more than I am.

The Bible says that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle …

Praise God.

4 thoughts on “Just a Crutch

  1. Clark February 17, 2009 / 7:40 am

    Expect a couple of book reviews of me over the next couple of days!

    Clark

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  2. Russ February 18, 2009 / 10:06 pm

    You’ve had books written about you??? Sweet! 😉

    I know what you mean. I feel like I get tested on a daily basis with one child in our home in particular. I have to take time to sit by myself in prayer and ask God why this one was brought to me. The others make my job so easy! Almost too easy. But this one boy, he challenges me, he challenges my authority, my patience, my good nature, my nerves. He put me to a real test this past weekend by putting his fist through his bedroom wall.
    I believe that each child is brought to us or a reason. Even if it’s just a weekend respite service that we provide, I feel that the Lord will use us to provide that child with something they need. A word of encouragement, an idea that will help them later in life, or maybe the Lord uses them to provide me with just such things. I wonder if thats why this boy is here. I’ve thought about giving up, sending him on his way. I have that option. It would be easy, but not Christian. For me though, doing so would also be a sign of weakness. This is my job, my ministry… So I sit, meditate, and pray for answers, signs, wisdom, strength, and patience… lots of patience.

    Thank you for this blog Clark! I didn’t realize that I needed to get this out, but it was easy once I started. I can definitely say I feel the same way from time to time. I really like the way you wrote it… “There are times when being a disciple of Christ is the most complicated thing imaginable. ” AMEN!

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  3. Clark February 19, 2009 / 10:33 am

    er … “by me” LOL!

    Good comment Russ. Sometimes it helps to get stuff out. I know on the day I wrote this post, I was not “feeling” particularly Christian. It helped to be able to express it through the blog.

    Clark

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  4. Russ February 20, 2009 / 7:34 am

    We all definitely have days like that. It’s comforting to know we have a God that is showing us the way all the time. One that, when we realize we can’t handle it all, He is already there with us.
    After re-reading your post, it reminded me of Stefanie’s blog awhile back where she said, ” I’ve tried justifying to God that I just want to give them the right hand of “fellowship” and lay them “prostrate before the Lord”. ” I love that line! 🙂

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