Summary: In an ever-increasing anti=Christian culture, how are American Christians to respond?
We live in a scary time. During my lifetime, I remember a time when our country was what I would call, “Christianized.” In witnessing, you could start with statements like, “You believe the Bible, don’t you?” or “Where’s your church membership?” Then, in the 80’s and 90’s our country moved to being “Post-Christian.” No longer could you assume that people accepted the Bible was inspired or that they even believed in God or were familiar with the basic teachings of Christianity. Now that we’ve moved into the 21st century, I’ve seen our country become increasingly “Anti-Christian.”
In “The Supreme Court Agrees With Hobby Lobby, But Your Neighbor Probably Doesn’t,” Trevin Wax writes, “A generation ago, a person’s religious observance was a public matter, a defining characteristic of one’s identity, while a person’s sexual activity was something private. Today, this situation is reversed. A person’s sexual behavior is now considered a defining characteristic of identity, a public matter to be affirmed (even subsidized) by others, while religious observance is private and personal, relegated to places of worship and not able to infringe upon or impact the public square.”
Rick Warren points out that the discussion in our country has moved from “freedom of religion” to “freedom of worship.” The subtle shift being to one’s faith being something they observe in the privacy of their church, but not something they are to bring into the public square.
According to research done last year by a group called the First Amendment Center, 1 in 3 Americans say the first amendment (which guarantees freedom of religion and freedom of speech) goes too far in the freedom it promises. Additionally, their research shows that the group most likely to believe the First Amendment goes too far are Americans under 30 years old.
All this points to difficult days ahead for God’s people in the United States. But we shouldn’t be surprised. Jesus said: “In this world you will have tribulation.” But He also said, “Take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Psalm 121 begins with: “Where does my help come from?” (Verse 1). Then the psalmist not only answers this question by saying, “My help comes from the Lord,” but he expounds upon that answer in verses 3-8, as he tells us about the kind of help God gives to enable His
children to live victoriously in this scary world.
1. A Description - vs. 3-8
The psalmist describes the help that God makes available to us.
A. He will help me with the problem of weariness - vs. 3-4
In an anti-Christian culture, is can sometimes be difficult to “not become weary in doing good,” (Galatians 6:9). But though I often grow weary in my walk through this world, God never does. He is ever watchful over His children.