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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Happy "In Dependence" Day!
This month we celebrate the 4th of July - Independence Day. This is a time we remember that our forefathers wanted to create a new nation - a new nation free from tyranny oppression, free from taxation without representation, and free to practice religious beliefs. Yet as we celebrate our independence, we should also remember to celebrate and embrace being "In Dependence."
What dependence you ask?
Our dependence upon God and upon others of course. In the beginning, our holy scripture teaches us that we were not created to live alone, but rather to live in community. As our world continues to become more connected globally, then the more we need to understand our inter-dependent relationships with others - politically, economically, socially, culturally, medically, and morally.
As we study the Ten Commandments in worship, we see what living in a loving relationship with God and others should look like. As Martin Luther once commented "The Ten Commandments are what it means to live in a loving relationship with God and others."
However, our current culture usually stresses the opposite. In general we tend to value self wants, needs, and desires over other people's lives. In today's world, we experience people being murdered for love, power, money and possessions; children starving while obesity is rampant; children being violently ripped away from family in the name of security, and the largest financial gap between those in poverty and wealth that has ever existed.
We cannot and must not better ourself at the detriment of someone else. That is not what living in a loving relationship looks like. That is not what our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, calls us to do.
As we celebrate our independence this week, may we also continue to celebrate our in dependence with God and with our neighbors.
With Christ’s Love,