In the process of writing my Thanksgiving day post last week I discovered something that caused me to scratch my head…..
I was perusing possible Thanksgiving-themed songs to include in my post and I must say, I found many good songs. However, some of my favorites never mentioned God at all. This made me wonder who they were giving thanks to!
How many times did you hear or read that people were giving thanks last week? How many times did you hear people actually thank God?
I just don’t think it means anything that we have thankful hearts, give thanks at every meal, and display thankfulness to the world…..
if we don’t declare to whom we are giving our thanks.
I think God needs to get the credit each and every time we tell the world we are thankful – or whats the point?
Yes, it is wonderful to be thankful of friends – family – and having plenty of food to eat – but who is it that actually blesses our lives with these things?
I’ll give you one clue – it’s not the ACLU!
What if you gave a review of a book you just finished on your blog; telling everyone just how wonderful the book is and how everyone should buy a copy…without telling anyone the name of the book?
Once again, there was the reminder from non-believers that “thanksgiving is not a religious holiday.” As if we really need to have them assert this belief each year since the secular – (and non-secular) – celebration of Christmas has nearly pushed Thanksgiving into obscurity.
I agree, that Thanksgiving is not religious – nor is it a holiday – for that matter.
But that’s not really the point of Thanksgiving anyway – is it?
The history of Thanksgiving shows it had a very strong observance in our society – long before there was a reason for people to have a day off from work, children to stay home from school – or furniture stores to have sales.
And a close study of this history will reveal that God was very much the center of each Thanksgiving - not a reason to have monster sales.
I think the reason we are seeing so many assertions that Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday – is coming from retail stores who want to force their employees to leave their families and the celebration of Thanksgiving – to work in their stores at midnight on Thanksgiving. This way, they aren’t afraid to get sued for infringing on anyone’s religious beliefs.
The near absence of Thanksgiving in our society tells me how giving thanks has taken a back seat in our society and how materialism has taken the wheel.
My wife and I were saddened this year when we could find plenty of Christmas items to buy…..before we could find anything to do with Thanksgiving.
In fact, many stores had Christmas items next to the halloween costumes and candy – and in some stores – we couldn’t find any Thanksgiving items at all!
Paul dealt with this situation even in his day ~
“For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.”
I like how Paul told these superstitious men that he could declare who God is to them.
When I give thanks – I want to do so in a way that declares God to the world!
Should we be prepared to see Christmas pushing out 4th of July flags and other patriotic items in the future – after all – 4th of July isn’t a religious holiday is it?