“God and religion are useless to me. They are for the children and the weak. I’ll take real life. Keep your “holy” garbage out of my sight. All it does is weaken my resolve to survive.”
“I can’t move! I’m afraid to think for myself. I’m afraid to accept the promises of God, for I fear it will ask too much of me. Keep your “holy” words far from me. I would rather hide here in my darkened cave, than turn and face what you call “light”.
Isn’t that what you say? Perhaps you don’t say it in words. But your actions are clear.
Weak, you say? My friend, you have no idea what strength it takes to believe. And what good would it do to try to explain to you how much strength it takes to submit to the Living God’s Christ? You know nothing about overcoming sin. And you are not able to conceive what difficulties await every moment, as His people walk “The Way”.
No, my friend, it is you who are weak. Look how you suffer under the burden of expectations. Look what the world demands of you. Look at your inability to perform with consistency. Look at your own fear level. You’re the one who’s weak. The very fact that you stand with bravado, tells me how weak you are.
I’ve lived among the drunks. I’ve lived among the proud. I’ve come to recognize the signs of fear. The cocky one who brags about all the things he can do. That’s the one whose the weakest. The strength of his life is found in his violent hands and quivering lips. You call that strength?
And you who cower in a corner. You who keep the windows of your life closed. How utterly helpless you are to go outside anymore. You turn away from Christ. You turn to religion, in its various forms. You keep to yourself, the things that are true and eternal. If indeed, you have them at all.
You who cower look at the victorious and moan. You think you can’t achieve anything. How utterly weak are you? But at least you recognize your weakness. You are not like the proud, you don’t brag about your weakness. But you have it just the same.
The proud. The fearful. Both miss the central point of the Gospel. “I will be your strength! It is I who will lift you up. Humble yourself before Me, and in due time, I will lift you up. The weak will become strong. The proud will be humbled. The Way of the Lord shall remain, narrow and Holy.”
The proud looks to weakness. The fearful looks to strength. Both fear to move, lest what they love is crushed. The proud fears to lose his strength. The fearful fears to lose his excuses. But The Way of the Lord moves through the sea of men, unscathed, unhindered, eternally set, and arriving at perfection.
Put down your pride. Put down your fear. Stop groveling in your putrid mess. Look up and believe!