Psalm 27.14 commands be brave, stouthearted and courageous.
For what purpose does the American Church need to be brave, stouthearted and courageous? Life is easy for us in comparison to all other nations.
Among Christians we are the most free to worship God in the way we choose though public displays of Christianity appear to be less favorably tolerated than in days past.
While many who turn to Jesus as Savior in the world suffer loss of home, job, limb or life due to the animosity toward Christianity in Dictatorial and Islamic countries, North American Christians have no such concerns.
The North American Church has become predominantly passive, trying to be accepted by the culture rather than change the culture by calling it to repentance and obedience to God through Jesus Christ.
This passivity is leading to greater animosity against Christianity and not greater numbers of disciples of Jesus.
God does need brave, stouthearted and courageous Christians in North America. God is looking for those who are not ashamed of Him, who will identify themselves openly with Him and who will declare by life and word the true ways of God.
God needs courageous Christians in government where laws consistently ignore Him, in media where God is consistently denied, in the university where God is consistently mocked and in the marketplace where God is consistently disregarded.
If the Church of America is to have influence again upon the culture then the people of the church must stop cowering and compromising and instead live bold and courageous lives of flagrant love for God and commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord of all.