Friday, June 25, 2010

The Problem with Independence!


I'm sat writing this as I sit at Boston Logan airport after spending two weeks in the city on a course.

While my schedule over these past few weeks has been busy, I was able to take a day in Boston to see the sights and sounds. I saw where the lamps were hung (one by land, two by sea). I passed Paul Revere's house, and I even took a boat ride past the place where the Boston Tea Party took place. It is a nice city with steeped in the history of this nation and while it is proud of the role that it played at anytime of the year, they are preparing to celebrate July 4 in grand style.


For many the annual celebration of this nations rebellion, oh, I'm sorry, I mean independence is one of the highlights of the year. But, while it is true that we enjoy great freedom here in the United States, there is a problem with independence.


The problem with independence is that it has spread far beyond what our founding father's ever expected it. We have bought into the lie that in our independence we have no need to depend even on God. Solomon speaks of the result of our independent living in Psalm 127, where he writes:


Unless the Lord builds the house,
Those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
The watchmen stay awake in vain.
In vain you rise early and go late to rest,
Eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.


Solomon, the wisest man to ever live came to understand the utter vanity, the worthlessness of our own effort when it is independent of God. However, he also knew of the blessing, the rest and the provision of God for those who live in dependence upon Him.


As we prepare to celebrate July 4, and enjoy the height of summer and freedoms that we have, let us pray for our nation that we would once again recognize our dependence on God. Even more, let those of us who name the name of Christ remember as we celebrate, that we are children of God first, subject to Him, and citizens of this nation as a very distant second. Only then will get our priorities right and recognize that all we are and all we have is in Him and Him alone. We depend on Him!