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My wife and I were married thirty-two years ago on July 4th. The pastor said it was our Interdependence Day. In marriage and in the life of the Church in Christ, the realities of “independence”, “dependence” and “interdependence” are crucial.

In Christ, we are made independent, freed by His all-atoning Sacrifice upon the Cross, free from sin, death and the power of the devil. Galatians 5: 5 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. The American Revolutionary War was bloody to make sure our political freedom. The Father sent His own beloved Son to shed His blood upon the cross for sinners. We are freed from the Law, to live under His grace alone.

The Apostle warns a little later, though, in Galatians 5: 1For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh... Independence is not doing anything anything, “I damn well feel like doing”–I think our cliches and sayings tell us a lot about ourselves–but it shows we are also dependent, upon our Lord and His mercy and grace on account of Christ, to stay free. It is true: the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. The Lord watches out for us and watches over us as husband and wife do for each other. We are dependent upon our Lord for our daily bread in this world, and even more, the Bread of life for our eternal life in Christ.

We are not horizontally alone in this world as Christ baptized us into His Body, the Church and so the Apostle finished Galatians 5: 13: 1For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. We are interdependent on each other. Galatians 6: Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. True Christian marriage and the Church is interdependent, yet depending on our Lord and every Word proceeding from His mouth, and made independent from the false ways of the world, only a husband and a wife come together and children are conceived and born.

Independent, dependent and interdependent describes the reality of our lives hid in Christ.

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