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Independent or Free?

row-flagsWe made it to July 4th here in the U.S. and we celebrate the Declaration of Independence that launched this country into a new position, sphere, and responsibility.

What’s shocking is how many people would say we’re celebrating our independence. Period. Many have come to believe that the United States is independent from everything and everyone. We can do what we want, when we want because we are independent–thank-ya-very-much!

Really? I’m certainly not one to get political, but you can choose to divorce yourself from any sense of anything resembling morality or tradition, which is your personal right in this country; but that independence won’t keep you free.

Freedom has to be derived from somewhere.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…

This is certainly not relegated to people outside the church. You can thrive on your independence, independent thinking, and self-sufficiency; but freedom relies on interdependence with our God and others.

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. –Galatians 5:1

You can’t be free because you’ve always been free. You can’t stay free simply because you want it. You can outwardly be independent and inwardly face slavery and oppression–all by the choices you make.

Whatever you choose, God still furiously loves you. He wants freedom for you in every way. Independence is necessary when you’re breaking from corrupt governments, but God has never once left you or forsaken you.

For our country, it wasn’t our independence (or declaration of it) that achieved freedom. It was adhering to a set of guiding principles derived from the Creator that became the battle cry of a people and the birth of a nation.

For your life, self-sufficiency and independence is the enemy of your freedom. It is the abiding truth of grace and the Gospel of wholeness that allows you to stand firm in our freedom.

Independence may be taken away from you; but your freedom in Christ is wholly separate and untouchable by any government, group, or person.

Happy Independence Day! Enjoy your freedom today and thank the Father who made it all possible.

What do you think about this? Have you ever considered the difference between independence and freedom?

 

2 Comments

  1. There is a difference, Jason. To realize true freedom, we must be dependent upon God and His grace. Jesus is our true liberator.
    Happy Fourth!
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    • Happy 4th to you too, Martha! And thank you so much.

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