Thursday I received a brace for my bad leg. It’s supposed to help me walk better, more normal. After multiple surgeries and a year of pretty intense physical therapy it became obvious that the bones have mended, but my ankle is still broken. What I mean is it simply won’t move as much as it is supposed to move. It can’t really do what it was meant to do. So, the brace helps me to walk more normally because it does what my ankle can’t do.
One of the arguments I’ve heard presented by Atheists is that “Christianity is just a crutch for weak-minded people that need some sort of emotional and psychological help and support.” Whether I am weak-minded or not may be open for debate, but to the charge of needing support I can honestly say, “Amen. Guilty as charged!”
The truth is we are all broken. It’s not hard to look around at the world we live in and see that people are in need of some help. Prescription drug use for anxiety, depression, and sleep issues is a multi-billion dollar industry. Alcohol and other drugs are used by millions of people to self-medicate. Atheist may accuse Christianity of being a crutch, but the reality is everybody is looking to lean on something or someone.
We are broken. First and primarily we are broken in a spiritual sense. The Bible reminds us: For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (Romans 3:23 NLT) Our sin separates us from a right relationship with God. And, like my ankle and physical therapy, all the work, effort, and energy we can produce won’t fix it. We were created for relationship with God, and our sin broke that.
Also, we are broken in a physical sense. Because of our sin the world and everything in it is subject to the sin curse. Science calls it the Law of Entropy, or the Second Law of Thermodynamics, but it is the realization that everything in our universe is devolving; cars rust, buildings crumble, food spoils, and our bodies, well, our bodies are dying. God’s word is clear: You get what is coming to you when you sin. It is death! (Romans 6:23a NLV)
We can go to the gym and workout constantly, we can take every vitamin we can get our hands on, we can eat all the organically grown food in the garden, but we are still going to die. With all of the advancements in science, medicine, and health the death rate is still 100%. We were created to live forever with God, and our sin broke that.
And, whether people are willing to admit it or not, we are broken emotionally and psychologically. I’ve already made reference to it, but people take something when they’re down, and then take something else to help them come down when they can’t wind down. Philosophers, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and Oprah’s life class, have been searching for the meaning of life and the means to happiness since the beginning of time, and mankind is more stressed, stretched, and strained than anytime since the beginning of time. We were created for fellowship with God, and our sin broke that.
The truth is Christianity isn’t a crutch we need to lean on. Christianity is a cross we need to fall before. Like my ankle, we simply can’t do what we were meant to do because we are broken. The great news is this: He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)
Even with my brace I’ll never be 100% again, in this life anyway, but because of Jesus Christ we can be made completely whole again. As the Apostle Peter put it: And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. (1 Peter 2:24) He really is the Great Physician!
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