Our country was founded partially because of a document called the Declaration of Independence. I find it interesting that as Americans this could almost be our national motto now.
Americans are known for individualism and freedom. We love it. We are caught up in the idea of our own rights. We love freedom. We love opportunity. We love independence and so we declare independence.
But God has called the people of God to be different. We are citizens of the kingdom of God first and secondly to the USA. As a result, we are to declare our dependence instead of our independence.
We are dependent on God. We are dependent on others.
God calls His people to forsake individualism and embrace community. This is what makes the church distinct. People living life together. People making decisions together. People care for the need of others together. I could say: people spending their own money to provide food or healthcare for others, but then you might think that I am getting political.
This is not about politics. This is about the church putting a proper value on community. We have bought into the lie of indivualism. We have made our declaration of independence. We need to repent and declare that we are dependent.
Are you caught up in the American value of independence?