Today is Independence Day, marking the anniversary of the the colonies’ independence from Great Britain. The intent and terms of this independence are housed in the Declaration Of Independence, that was adopted on… you guessed it… July 4, 1776.
This was a challenging time for our nation. It was unable to worship to freely, trade freely, or to command its own militia. The colonies had come to a conclusion. They wanted to be free, a self governed people.
Today, 238 years later, we share a close national friendship with our former oppressors. In fact, we’ve shared a friendship for very long time. It’s hard to believe that a nation we now count as an ally could ever have been deemed our oppressor, and yet there was time in our past where our two nations were enemies, at war, hostile, and divided.
The mysterious hands of time, negotiation, debate, and dialogue work wonders. These shaping forces have, over time, molded a friendship- a partnership- a shared view of the world between our two countries.
What can we learn from this as individuals in our relationships and in our beliefs?
IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS
Who do we have a history of division and conflict with? A relative? A co-worker? An old friend?
Is there room for dialogue? If so, are we open to reaching out and beginning some renewed dialogue?
If not, are we able to make a shift in our own heart that from this moment forward, the past is the past- and we move on to truly living in the present?
IN OUR BELIEFS
What about our beliefs? Is there room for dialogue there? Are we open and willing to seeing God in ways that we may never have before? Are we willing to be challenged? Unconvinced? Renewed? Solidified?
Are we all willing to be shaped by the hand of God as we engage in dialogue with other God-followers?
Independence Day reminds us that atmosphere’s of conflict can, over time become something we call, “good” if we are willing to work toward that end.
May we look at all of life through that lens, this Independence Day.