The Right Type of Independence and Dependence

Jefferson and His Committee Presenting the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress

Jefferson and His Committee Presenting the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress

Yes, I know I missed the day. Today is July 5th, but that’s okay. In actuality, the Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2nd anyway. The 4th was when they approved the Declaration’s wording.

Whatever day we celebrate, the key is that what we are celebrating is national independence. There are Christians who don’t like that word but they misunderstand the context. The Declaration of Independence did separate the colonies from Britain, but it did not separate them from God. In fact, if you read the document carefully, you realize that they say all their rights come from God, that they are depending on His protection, and that they are asking Him to judge the rightness of their motives in making this break. That’s hardly the wrong kind of independence.

We must depend on God as an independent nation. But there is a false dependence that will only disappoint and lead to disaster—the dependence on civil government to provide all our needs. I fear that in the last presidential election, we gave our approval to a Declaration of Dependence on Government. If that is the case, we won’t be independent as a nation for long, and we will have replaced dependence on an eternal, all-powerful God with dependence on temporal earthy powers that are destined to let us down.

Let’s go ahead, though, and continue to celebrate the historical event, in the hopes that we will regain the spirit of those who led the way into the right type of independence and dependence.