The funny thing about arguments against Christianity is that sometimes they say the exact opposite thing. If a Christian has been through hardship, for instance, a skeptic might say, “You’re just using your beliefs as a crutch.” But if a Christian has an easy life, the skeptic might say, “Easy for you to believe, but what about that starving kid in Africa.?”
Whether beliefs are used as a crutch is unimportant. Even if they are, it doesn’t make Christianity untrue. As for the starving kid in Africa, I can’t speak for him, but there are plenty of people who have suffered and come through it with as much or more faith than I have. (Corrie Ten Boom, Joni Eareckson Tada, Louis Zamperini, to name but a few.)
Here’s one from the Bible!
But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. But while the disciples stood around him, he arose and entered the city. And the next day he went away with Barnabas to Derbe. And after they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
Someone who has had rocks thrown at him until he looks dead has earned the right to tell others to continue in the faith through tribulations. I have had no such experience, thankfully, and so I can only say take it from Paul. Read the book of Acts and let him and his companions “strengthen your soul” and encourage you to continue in the faith.
What will your kingdom statement be today? Use it to replace your worries! Mine is going to be THROUGH MANY TRIBULATIONS WE MUST ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.