The Cross & The Culture: The Psychological Crutch of Christianity
Mar 23rd, 2020 by Thomas Irvin
Missionary Papers: The Cross & The Culture
Missionary Papers, The Cross & The Culture:
Is Christianity not a sort of psychological crutch?
Questions are great, they reveal certain assumptions. As a Bible-Believing Christian that spends a goodly amount of time street preaching, preaching in prisons and preaching in rescue missions; I encounter many relevant questions. This one, in particular, reveals much regarding the thought process of the individual asking. Furthermore, the more common or repetitive a question is, I find they tend not to be original thoughts, but rather parrotings of the discontents of some other larger influence (College Professor, Hollywood Stars, News Media, etc.). Let’s consider a few assumptions made here. The first assumption, Christianity is a mere crutch for the many in life that are somehow halt or lame. A prop for the weak incapable of standing firm under the weight of life alone. The second assumption, psychologically impaired individuals compose the makeup of Christianity. As though sanity only exists in the secular world.
The crutch of Christianity?
The members of society that tend to provide such verbal pandering also often stumble to their cars in drunken a stooper. They don’t need Christianity when weekly religious rituals of depleting finances at the local bar or nightclub will suffice. I once preached outside one such place of enlightenment, a bar called “The Backdour.” (pronounced “back-door”). As one lewd fellow of the baser sort after another passed by, they zealously expressed their discontent with “my God.” I suppose he doesn’t mix well with alcohol.
Yet consider the assumption, especially coming from the masses that compose such groups. “I do not need a crutch like Christianity” they have glorious weekends of drunken frolic to assist their hobbling. They don’t realize their self-prescribed cure is just an extension of the frailty that is their life. When the highlight of a persons week consists of alcohol blackouts and perverse forms of sexual immorality, I would suggest far more than a crutch is needed.
Also, consider the crowd more dedicated to the religious use of alcohol than the weekend warrior. When preaching on the streets or in rescue missions, I encounter what society has dubbed “alcoholics”. The Bible calls them “drunkards” and deals harshly with such lifestyles. There have been fewer moments of illumination in life than when drunk homeless individuals boldly declare they have no use for Christianity. They are sad sights to behold, their lives ravaged, relationships cut off, employment long gone, no sense of personal responsibility, but they have an opinion regarding the validity of the Christian life.
No limiting the crutch?
The drunkard, whether speaking of the weekend warrior or the full-time over-achiever, are easy to pick on from a biblical perspective. The Bible is so clear regarding not only the abuse but simply the use of such substances. <