One of the most popular portrayals of Christians is that they are weak and use religion for a crutch. We see this in every form of media and it is now a common opinion among unbelievers. In fact, many fail to approach the Bible for they have been taught that it is a sign of weakness. Here is an excerpt from Dan Story which was taken from his book “Defending Your Faith”.
“Christians are weak because they rely on God—is one of the most absurd excuses ever concocted to justify rejecting Christianity. Nowhere in the annals of history can one find more courage in the face of adversity, more perseverance in the face of affliction, and more boldness in the face of persecution than what faithful Christians have displayed. According to Jesus, the greatest expression of love is that one “lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13), and He set the example by dying on the cross for all mankind. From the time of His death to the present, countless hundreds of thousands of Christians have courageously faced persecution, torture, and death for their faith. The apostle Paul wrote of his own suffering for Jesus:
2Cor11.24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. 29a Who is weak, and I am not weak?
Christians are not weak people. In modern society, where the Christian world view is ridiculed and rejected in movies, books, television, newspapers, and universities, where individual Christians are mocked for their faith and rejected by friends and coworkers when they try to talk about their Lord, it is far, far easier to be an unbeliever. Those who claim Christians are weak have never tried to live an active Christian life.”
 Story, D. (1997). Defending your faith (221). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.
Published on Friday, October 11, 2013 @ 4:10 AM CDT