On Thursday, November 27 this year, millions across the U.S. will sit down to a meal that in much of the world would be compared to a king’s banquet. Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday; an officially-sanctioned day to convoke family members to feast and give thanks for their good fortune. Tens-of-millions of Americans will enjoy feasts on Thanksgiving Day, store leftovers, watch the game on TV, and strategize their shopping spree on “Black Friday.”
President Abraham Lincoln, establishing a nation-wide Thanksgiving Day in 1863 during one of our nation’s darkest hours of civil war, said: “The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful years and healthful skies… They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy… I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States… to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”
Fast forward to today’s America; those words would land him in court by the ACLU and condemned by the politically-correct culture. The liberal crowd would be screaming breach of “separation of church and state!” To credit God for the nations’ blessings and ask His mercy in dealing with our “sins” would bring demand for impeachment.
In today’s America, liberals, democrats, moderate republicans, socialists, Muslims, communists, environmentalists, Satanists, and atheists have several gods to which they are thankful. (Yes atheists have a god!)
Liberal women, can be thankful for the freedom to sacrifice their unwanted, unborn baby to the god of convenience. Socialists are thankful to their god of big government for Obamacare, food stamps, and free iPhones. Democrats are thankful for millions of Americans enslaved to government handouts, for their guaranteed future votes. The liberal culture can thank their god, the media that supports their ideology, filters lies and spins deceit. They can be thankful that their god of hate and division effectively neutralizes those who reveal the truth by labeling them bigots and racists.
Environmentalists praise the god of “man’s arrogance” for their religion of “Earth Warming.” They are now convinced that “man” has the power to destroy and/or save the universe!
Communists thank their god, socialism that they can relax and rely on the Democrat Party to accomplish their goals. Atheists praise their god of self-rule and the ACLU that Christian fanatics are restricted from praying publicly in schools or erecting manger scenes in front of city halls or in public parks. Muslims thank Allah, Obama, and liberal Christians for providing access to the National Cathedral for their recent Jumaa (prayer service) catapulting them toward their ultimate goal to neutralize Christianity and establish Shari Law in America.
Millions of illegal immigrants which include Muslim terrorists, thank their messiah/imam Obama for paving the avenue to their undeserving and unlawful citizenship in the USA.
The children and grandchildren of today’s Americans can be thankful to their parents’ gods of greed, entitlements, materialism, and apathy for nearly $18 trillion of government debt they will get to pay.
If Thanksgiving Day tradition continues this year, at least one turkey will be thankful to the turkey in the Whitehouse for a pardon and unlike the turkeys that voted for Obama, the right to live its life to a ripe old age not effected by Obamacare.
We could continue but you get the point!
This Thanksgiving Day, Gallup says that Americans are losing confidence in their government. Their trust in the Supreme Court (30 percent) and Congress (seven percent) are at all-time lows; their confidence in the presidency (29 percent) is at a six-year low and has fallen most from last year (36 percent). Yes, Americans have lost faith in their government and leadership in all branches of it.
Though surrounded, controlled and engulfed in corrupt big government, media, academia, business, and liberal churches, many Americans still have a conscience and believe in Judeo-Christian principles. We have much to be thankful for whether it is abundant food, great families, nice homes, a job, modern conveniences and/or the good fortune of living in what was once the greatest country in history and still the best country in the world.
I have hope, yes, even a conviction that millions of Americans, in this dark hour of national disunity, yearn for a President of the United States with the integrity and faith of Abraham Lincoln when he proclaimed a National Fast Day early in 1863. It was in the darkest hour of the Civil War when President Lincoln recognized the only solution to America’s problem. He led the nation to seek God, His forgiveness for a national sin, repent and seek His mercy.
Listen to a President and leader who understands the source of real power, blessings and prosperity and the way to solicit that power. “It is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins… in humble sorrow,… and genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon… and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures… that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
… by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins… We have been preserved… in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God… we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” (Proclamation from www.abrahamlincolnonline.org)
This thanksgiving season, I ask Christians across this nation to join me in prayer and praise for the multitude of blessings we still have as Americans. But we need to also humble ourselves before Almighty God and ask His forgiveness for our individual and national sins of forsaking God and trashing our moral compass lest we continue to lose the blessings we still enjoy. Our corruption of leadership is our fault. We voted, tolerate, and condone such actions by our silence. America needs God’s mercy, healing and blessings like never before! Remember God’s promise to a nation in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”