Most people around the world know that the 4th of July is American Independence Day — when we relish the thought of being free from reliance on others. However, perhaps we need to get beyond July 4th and acknowledge July 5th as Dependence Day.
As individuals we need help. We get into difficulty and we realize that ultimately, we cannot rely on ourselves. We cannot count on our intelligence, knowledge, or education; we cannot rely on our talents, skills, or abilities; we cannot depend on our character or morality; we cannot trust our finances or money-making ability. Frankly, we cannot rely on self-reliance; because we so often make choices that get us into trouble and difficulty.
The same is true of our nation. Our economy is shaky; our politics is failing us; our debt is crushing; our wars seem to never end; violence, depression, and suicide are rampant; our government is an albatross; our families are fragmented and misconstrued; our moral values have collapsed around us.
Yesterday, I posted a comment similar to this on Facebook. Then I went to McKay
Used Book Store in Nashville and got a book. As I began to read it I came across this quote by Martha Grace Reese: “American culture has rarely held up surrender and yieldedness (dependence), the heart of a spiritual life, as heroic values.”
So maybe it is time to surrender and yield, and to declare our dependence — to make a Declaration of Dependence on the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. Who better to depend on, surrender to, and yield to, than Him? Just give me Jesus! If the nation won’t do it, you can do it as an individual.
Publicly declare your dependence on Christ. Then wage a War of Dependence to boldly fight against your pride, self-reliance, and selfish desires. It is not an easy war. It requires all the courage and heroism of the American War of Independence.
Self-interest and self-destructive thoughts and behaviors are causing you much more problems and pain than England caused the American Colonies. Perhaps it is time to finally break away from self-focus and turn all your time, effort, and attention to fight for dependence on the living Christ.
The Salvation Army was established to fight for dependence on Jesus Christ. The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center in Nashville, Tennessee carries on that heroic tradition. Come fight with us on Sunday mornings at 10:45 at 225 Berry Street, 37207.