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Happy InterDependence Day!

I’m planning on going to the Hollywood Bowl tonight for fireworks and some music to celebrate the 4th, and all of the people who will be coming with me are citizens of other countries, which is just one reason why I love this article by Shane Claiborne, entitled “This July 4th, Let’s Celebrate Interdependence Day!” Another reason I like the article is that if we want to grow up to be fully mature, we tend to have to go through three stages – dependence, independence and finally interdependence. To stay in the independent stage is to remain an adolescent. To move to interdependence is to grow up into our adulthood. I share the first part of his article and will make a link for the rest of it. If you enjoy what I post, I think you will enjoy the last part as well.

“Dr. Martin Luther King spoke of us all being bound up in an “inescapable web of mutuality.” He talked of how we have encountered half the world by the time we have put on our clothes, brushed our teeth, drunk our coffee and eaten our breakfast, as there are invisible faces that make our lives possible every day. That’s why I’ve always struggled with “Independence Day.”

Patriotism can be a dangerous thing if it leads to amnesia about the dark patches of our nation’s history. And it can leave us shortsighted if our nationalism prevents us from seeing pain or hope beyond our borders. As an American, and especially as a Christian, I am convinced that a love for our own people is not a bad thing, but love doesn’t stop at borders. Love is infinitely boundless and all about holy trespassing and offensive friendships.

We are taught to celebrate independence. But independence and individualism have come at a great price. In the wealthy and industrialized countries we have become the richest people in the world, but we also have some of the highest rates of loneliness, depression, and suicide. We are rich, sad, and lonely. We are living into patterns that not only leave much of the world hungry for bread and starved for justice but also leave us longing for the good life and for meaning and purpose beyond ourselves.

The good news is that we are not alone in the world.

This year, let’s celebrate Interdependence Day — recognizing the fact that we are part of a global neighborhood. Let’s appreciate all the invisible people in our lives, and let’s lament the fact that the human family is terribly dysfunctional.

It’s not about being anti-American but about being pro-world. It’s a beautiful thing to realize that we need each other and that we are not alone in the world. So, I’ve worked with some friends to brainstorm great ways to celebrate “Interdependence Day” this Fourth of July. Click here read the rest of the article on some ways to celebrate Interdependence Day.

So as we celebrate the 4th of July and all that means for us as Americans, let us also as God’s people, seek first his kingdom [all around the globe] and his righteousness, for this comes with a great promise.


3 Responses to Happy InterDependence Day!

  1. Marina says:

    Yeah,
    i thik it’s most ironic that all the people coming with you are citizens of other countries.LOL! It’s funny how that works out…
    There is a small huddle of us here who celebrate the 4th of July. i got an e-mail and a phone call with the holiday greetings, both from my Ukrainian friends.
    Happy Independence Day, JR!

  2. Arlene says:

    Yep, I do like the rest of the post too!! Thanks!!

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