Thursday marked the 243rd
year since the United States of America declared its independence from Great Britain. The day was filled with patriotic parades and celebrations, cookouts, and fireworks.
Somehow, on July 4th
, I always seem to see the TV coverage of the Nathan’s World Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn, New York. Yesterday, Joey Chestnut won in the men’s category by eating 71 hot dogs! On the women’s side, Miki Sudo is a six-time winner out eating the competition by downing 31 hot dogs!
I cannot imagine that any of the combined 30 contestants had a restful evening. L The quote, “You’re free to do anything you want but you are not free to choose the consequences,” comes to mind though.
In all of the celebration of national and personal independence, Scripture reminds us that neither a nation nor individual can ever be independent from God without dire consequences. The Bible and history are replete with countless shipwrecked lives of nations and individuals who have sought to chart their own course in life apart from Him.
In a 2013 interview, a reporter reminded an up and coming actress that other famous actresses like herself and Marilyn Monroe often end their lives in self-destruction. The actress readily agreed, and shared about the importance of her Christian faith.
She said, “I don't like feeling out of control …. You have to understand, [at church] I feel safe. I was raised to believe that you're safe in God's hands. But I don't feel safe with myself.”
Those are wise words, “…safe in God’s hands.” What a sobering insight, “I don’t feel safe with myself.” Human beings were not created for dependence upon the Savior. Spiritual independence is never wise nor safe.
This Sunday, we are reminded, by participating in Holy Communion, that there is a safe place for any and all who depend upon Him. I look forward to our time together at the His table.
See you Sunday!