The 4th of July is just around the corner. It’s time, once again, to celebrate Independence Day -- but what makes this day special?
What gives the Fourth of July its significance, of course, is that our Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776. It was in Philadelphia, and the signers of that document, composed by Thomas Jefferson, knew that this declaration of independence from the dictatorial rule of Great Britain might also be their death sentence.
They knew full well that the wrath and strength of the British army would be sailing across the Atlantic to descend on the relatively defenseless colonies. They knew their scattered “states” didn’t have the numbers or training to stand against the British, much less defeat them militarily. Yet they put their signatures, and their lives, their families, their destiny, on that parchment. The 4th of July reminds us that the United States was founded on the principle of independence.
But the first day of every week, Sunday, reminds us that the Church of Jesus Christ was founded on the principle of interdependence.
When we gather to sing each week to God, to offer up prayers, to hear God’s word, and express our mutual concerns, we are reminded of our church’s true longing, which is, interdependence—mutual dependence. We are Christians in community who share our lives in service to one another and to the world around us in pursuit of Christ-filled happiness and spirit-filled holiness.