“It is often said the church is a crutch. Of course it’s a crutch. What makes you think you’re not limping?”
This quote is originally attributed to William Sloane Coffin, and was used by my pastor this Sunday during his sermon. It made me think: how often do we shy away from derisive comments because we are afraid of the truth they may contain? What do hard comments really say about us? About our God? When someone says “The church is a crutch!” my knee-jerk reaction is to exclaim, “No it’s not!” even when part of me fears that it is.
But fear is a devil’s ploy. Because when we face the hard questions, we are rewarded with an even greater truth.
How brilliant this response is in it’s simplicity. How foolish I was to fear it. “Of course the church is a crutch.” Thank God.