Read: Acts 19:23-41
Has anyone ever dismissed your faith with the words, “Christianity is just a crutch”? To such a critic, Christianity appears to be foolish because the Christian has a vested interest in believing in God. Matthew Henry said that Christians are not the only ones bringing vested interests to the claims of Christ.
He said, “It is natural for men to jealously guard, whether right or wrong, the means by which they get their wealth. Many have, for this reason alone, set themselves against the gospel of Christ, because it calls men off from those crafts which are unlawful, however much wealth is to be obtained by them. There are those who will haggle for that which is most grossly absurd and unreasonable, and which carries along with it its own conviction of falsehood, if it has but human laws and worldly interests on its side.”
Is the critic’s criticism legitimate? In a word, no. The critic is using a two-edged sword since he also has a “vested interest.” His decision not to believe is not without its motives. Since he rejects Christ because of his own vested interest, his criticism of us is hypocrisy. The apostle Peter exhorts us to “be ready to give a defence … for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet. 3:15). God commands us to “answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes” (Prov. 26:5).