Yeah, don’t even get me going on where we might end up as a country if things keep rolling this way…and from my experience being raised in a country that started out w/ a socialist mindset, turned communist, turned hard core dictatorship, there was a fear of government that eventually evolved. We feared the hand that first fed us and then it did not even do that. This also caused a distrust among the people, leading to isolation concerning the deeper things in relationships.
independence from tyrants who tax too much, but move closer to our
creator who is wooing us into a relationship where we depend on him and
trust him in radical ways. I’d therefore like to propose that for those
of us who follow Jesus, we celebrate a day of dependence on him. Let’s
make July 5, a Sunday this year, Dependence Day.
Amen! I new I would love this blog just from the title! It’s time for a new Revolutionary war. One from our current dependent state to interdependence and freedom in our Lord Jesus Christ
In a world which celebrates self reliance and individual effort Jesus calls us to lean on Him and build community with other followers of His way. It’s a simple path to freedom.
Thanks for the reminder, Seth. We are best when we are broken and reflect the need for Himand others.
It’s better to take refuge in the Lord,
than to trust in man. Ps.118:8
We celebrate with you, July 5th, Dependence Day!
And July 6th, our 35th wedding anniversary….a long time dependence on God, each other and being there for those who depend upon us. The pastor that married us told us, “Trust God and love your fellow man and don’t confuse the two.” It has led us well, as one fulfills the other.
I’ve been pondering the same thing the last 24 hours. Parallels in the natural and spiritual. Those wanting to be free from the tyranny of the King of England and the greatest military in the world had to live out INTERDEPENDENCE to secure freedom. The stories are many and heroic of children, wives, single women, adolescents and men all working together, each doing their part to have this incredible victory and new beginning. Now the cry to LIVE OUT our freedom in Christ is stronger and eternal, and likewise, cannot be done without our need for one another. All ages and walks in life. The tyranny of the flesh and satan will not be overcome by any independent individual or homogeneous church gathering. We just have to have the same vision and passion as the colonists did, and the same vision and passion that Jesus has. And work TOGETHER, acknowledging our need for each other.
If those in our country who “profess” to be believers would live out their faith according to scripture (and if we had been doing so), the issue you are so accurately depicting would almost certainly not exist. “Christians” who live mainly for themselves are as much to blame as any one else, and I am guilty. This is a call for us who call upon His name to radically change our perspectives and lifestyles and align them with His heart and commands. Who knows, maybe the direction our country is headed can be halted. At the very least, we can make a difference. Let’s not deceive ourselves. Total dependence on Him means trusting His word in EVERY area of our lives. Let us pray for each other that we may live this out.
I fully agree with you, Phil!
Dear Dadi Seth,
Thank you for your kind wishes. It is truly in Christ that all are made free.
“…we voted ourselves more government programs and more taxes, the very thing we fought a revolution to resist. ”
I though it was Taxation WITHOUT Representation. Isn’t what we have now taxation with representation? The taxes I pay on goods, property, and income are *represented* by a congressperson that I have the opportunity to vote in.
Your statement is not a fair comparison in my opinion.
Does anyone have any statistics on how much more “socialist” we are now then we’ve ever been? Or is it just buzz?
P.S. My income taxes have lowered, as with most people I’ve talked with.
I could not agree more! I’ll be reading this again tomorrow. 🙂
My point was primarily about our need to depend on God. But you take issue with my assertion that government is becoming bigger and taxing more. You felt it was unfair.
Check out the facts here:
Government was 7% of GDP in 1930, 30% in 2003, and with the current administration’s forecasts, will increase faster in the next decade than at any other time, spending $10 trillion more than it forecasts in taxes. In addition, it has taken over large segments of the auto industry, the banking industry, and is proposing huge new roles for government in energy (with the cap and trade legislation) and health care.
How will it pay for all this? With huge new tax increases. It will begin with talk of a VAT tax.
Even Jesus Christ Himself realized his dependency on the Father, ““I can do nothing on My own initiative…”
Who do we think we are?
I was disagreeing with your assertion that we fought a revolution to resist “more government programs and taxes.” It wasn’t that we were opposed to taxes, we were opposed to taxes from a government that would not allow us representation within their parliament.
I can see you’re point about the government getting larger, not just with this current administration but over the course of 70 years. Yes, it seems from these charts that the money will most likely come from tax payers. Whether or not you or I think that is good or bad is not the topic of this post and I will not take it there.
Thanks for your response.
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