Have you noticed the last few years an increasing trend to “squash” Thanksgiving or is it just my imagination? It seems some are trying to make us as Christians or “anglo-Americans” feel guilty or politically incorrect if we celebrate God’s hand in bringing the Pilgrims to America, providing for them, & working through Squanto, etc. We are pushed by the commercials & stores to go from Halloween (a purely pagan holiday) straight to Christmas (the materialistically pagan version), skipping over Thanksgiving or minimalizing it to a glutton fest. I refuse!
I realize we are not God’s chosen people, Israel, but we have Judeo-Christian roots in this country, contrary to what many want us to believe today. I’m seeing a deliberate “whitewashing” of American history to systematically erase all traces of God from our nation’s history. History is extremely important & in fact, it’s critical to remember! Karl Marx knew this when he said, “A people without a heritage are easily persuaded.” If you can change people’s historical context, you can change the way they view the present.” In other words, if you can re-write the past, you can make people believe anything you want in the present. I’m afraid we’re there.
Revising history is not a new trick. Do you remember the story of Eve & the serpent? He twisted God’s words in Eve’s mind when he said, ” Did God really say…?” People tried to revise history with Jesus’ resurrection (Matthew 28:11-15 & 1 Corinthians 15:14-19) What is a lie, after all, but simply put, re-writing history! “I didn’t break the lamp, Mom…”
God has given His people a mandate to REMEMBER!!! (Joshua 4:1-7, the Passover & other feasts & celebrations, the tassels (Numbers 15:38, 39/Deut. 22:12) Judges 2:6-15 talks about how God’s people were destroyed because they forgot. Our problem is, number one that we forget what we’re told to remember, & two that we remember what we’re supposed to forget (1 Corinthians 13:5)!
Remembering is our source for gratitude & obedience. God warns us to be careful – if we forget when we sit in plenty, we will certainly be destroyed. (Deut. 8:10-20)
This Thanksgiving, let’s celebrate our American Christian heritage, marvel again at the stories of God’s hand in the lives of our ancestors, & give thanks to God unashamedly for His blessing on this country. Here’s a few good sites with the stories you can read or hear on line to get started…
Chuck Colson on Squanto
The True Meaning of Thanksgiving
the origins of American Thanksgiving
Whit’s End (Thanksgiving shows this week only)
True Story of the Pilgrims, part one & two (Family Life Today)
The Mayflower Compact
LET’S CELEBRATE!!!! Pass your American Christian heritage on to your children. Share some of your family’s stories of God’s provision. Remember, & pass the baton to the next generation.