Dependence Day 2010

July 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Sunday we celebrated Independence Day here in the United States. This is an exciting and moving holiday, filled with gratitude and passion for the values of our country.freedomwall

It was interesting talking about Independence Day on a Sunday because– as I thought about it– we gather every week in church to proclaim our dependence on God… Our dependence on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross… our dependence on the continuing work of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us each moment of each day.

There is a part of the American experience that can be confusing as we consider God’s word: we cherish independence and yet we live in total dependence.

Last Sunday we talked about freedom— and we looked at what Jesus said about it (you can hear the message by going to the “Messages” section of our website and clicking on the message for July 4, 2010).

One thing I appreciated Sunday was an observation by our worship leader, Tim. He said that the freedom we celebrate as Americans came at a cost– people have given their lives so that we can be free as Americans. That “fight” for freedom continues today… It is an on-going battle. Freedom comes with a cost and must be defended constantly.

But the freedom Jesus brings– the freedom he brought through the cross– is cross-10eternal. The battle is over. The victory is won. It doesn’t need to be defended or fought for anymore– it needs to be accepted and enjoyed.

I think that is pretty cool.

I forgot to include something in my message on Sunday that I wanted to pass on here. It comes from Max Lucado, a great pastor, teacher, preacher, and writer. Here is something that Max wrote about freedom that helps me put Independence Day into perspective:


Freedom is an elusive thing– it’s the carrot on the end of the stick that causes us mules to do the things we do. Jesus spoke of freedom, but he spoke of a different kind of freedom: the type of freedom that comes not through power but through submission. Not through control but through surrender. Not through possessions but through open hands.

God wants to emancipate his people; he wants to set them free. He wants his people to be not slaves but sons. He wants them governed not by law but by love.

We have been liberated from our own guilt and our own legalism. We have the freedom to pray and the freedom to love the God of our heart. And we have been forgiven by the only one who could condemn us. We are truly free!

(from The Inspirational Study Bible, Word Publishing, 1995)

I like that… We are free– maybe it’s time we started living that way.

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