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Faith is Not for the Weak

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Faith Walk—a euphemism for what is commonly known as the meat grinder of emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual changes necessary to produce a well-rounded, mature Christ Follower. Media mogul Ted Turner once said “Christianity is a crutch for the weak, a religion for losers.” He is not the first to make such a comment. He likely is not the last. 

I recently had an acquaintance tell me that I seemed calmer these days, like I was more at peace. It sure sounded like a nice thing to say, at least, I thought so, given this wreck of a world we all live in. To be at peace—it seems to be what everyone wants from the people in the Middle East to the guy down the street trying to hang on to a good job and feed his children. But when I told my acquaintance the reason for this peace was a change in my habits, she became upset. I told her I had determined to read my Bible every morning before I start my day; to pray and ask God what he wanted me to do and where I should go. I told her that I had stopped trying to run my life and was now asking God throughout the day if I was on track and if not, to help me get back on the path. I told her I was starting to look at people the way God does, with unconditional love and compassion for a lost and hurting creation. I told her that the focus for my life was off of me and onto what God wants.

“But what about free choice?” she asked. I marveled.

“I did make a free choice. I put God back in His rightful place in my life,” I told her. She marveled.

Even though this choice I made had brought me peace and a sense of purpose, she had no room for the possibility in her own life. Her focus was to retain as much choice-making freedom in her experience as possible even while that choice had brought her little more than grief and one mistake after another for the last 20 years. One would think a soul would grow tired of such a life. 

I have never had so many hard choices thrown at me in my 37 years of following Christ as I have this past year. While I walk in the woods and let the breeze and creek water wash over me I spend time in the presence of God. When I leave that place I have to walk in a culture that is so brazen in its rebellion against God that it will openly consider that “post birth abortion” is acceptable and adults who hunt and sexually exploit children are now “minor-attracted persons,” in an effort to normalize the behavior as just another mental makeup consideration. The aborting of a fetus is legal but the killing of a pregnant woman carries the potential for a double murder charge. The choice is to address an increasingly violent culture with the truth or to sit in silence, which is, of course, consent.

Absent the absolute, the absurdity in our culture is a challenge to keep up with. One is forced to watch it with a sense of morbid curiosity, just wondering when it will self-destruct.

Christianity: a crutch for the weak? How weak is a person who will take abandoned newborns out of the hospital and into their own home to feed, love and care for until a permanent home can be found? How weak is the person who will stand in the gap and make sure food is delivered to thousands of people around the world while armed men try to steal it away? How weak is the man who will work hard to keep his family together another day just to honor God and make sure his wife knows he loves her and his children know he will always be a refuge for them? How weak is the teenage Muslim girl who chooses life-giving faith in Christ even as she is faced with the violent retribution of Islam? Christianity is for the weak? Oh, how I beg to differ.

Christianity is the calling to watch our tongues; to take care of the widow and the orphan (James 1: 26,27); Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)  To go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 19,20)  To preach freedom to the captive and to give sight to the blind, to feed the hungry and to comfort those who mourn (Isaiah 61:1) while in most countries under pain of death or imprisonment.

To follow Christ is in fact a free choice. To follow Him is to speak against sin and death but live in peace. To abide in Him is to be strong and resolute. To love Him is to love people. To know Him is to live forever. 

And then get up and do it all over again tomorrow with joy. Gee, I don’t feel like a loser...

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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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