Rugged Individualism? Being Fiercely Independent?
That’s what the ancients were commended for. No, not the ancients of Hebrews 11 who were commended for their faith, but the ancients in American History.
The explorers. The settlers. The fur traders. The colonists who fought against King George. The pioneers who went West in covered wagons. Then the immigrants from all over Europe. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in the early 1900s. Then great business men like Rockefeller, Carnegie, and even Sam Walton.
We honor those who are fiercely independent. We praise them. We Americans have been proud of our Rugged Individualism. There’s only one problem.
These great traits can be lethal to faith and our relationship with God. Our relationship with him is based on our neediness and God’s provision. We can’t pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. We can’t just try harder and then be good enough. Salvation is rooted in God’s Love. We respond in faith.
Even thinking past our salvation, all the great works we want to accomplish are meaningless without God’s guidance, provision, and power.
God is a community and He has created the church as a community. We need Him and we need each other. We are needy. Denying or ignoring that leads to death.
My desire is to be fiercely dependent on God for everything.