You cannot judge a book by its cover. And you cannot attain an accurate reading on Christianity by appearances alone.
Just look at Jesus. Men were allowed to catch Him. They were even allowed to kill Him. It seemed to many people at that point, including His own disciples, that Christ had been defeated.
A bruised, battered and bloodied prophet. Not exactly the stuff winners are made of. Or is it?
Fast forward to our day. There were more Christians martyred for their faith in the 20th century than in all the previous centuries combined. Not exactly what the winning team should look like. Or is it?