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I suppose I’ve been living under a rock, because it wasn’t until this year that I noticed the various attacks on Thanksgiving as a holiday. These arguments range from “Happy Thanksgiving, but leave God out of it” to “ban Thanksgiving because it is offensive” to “Leave God out of it altogether, ban the day (which we now call “Turkey Day” or some other deliberate debasement), and go shopping instead – which on any other day of the week we might vilify because it wreaks of (gasp!) capitalism.”
I did some googling in search of some sanity and came across a helpful article by Albert Mohler entitled “Why Thanksgiving Matters.” Although it’s from 2005, it has only seasoned with age.
Mohler writes: “The revisionist historians want to have it both ways. They present the Pilgrims as wild-eyed religious fanatics … then suggest that the first Thanksgiving was essentially a secular holiday.”
He further states: “School textbooks filled with revisionist history tell children that the first Thanksgiving was a celebration at which the Pilgrims thanked the Indians for teaching them how to survive the harsh New England climate and plant successful crops. God is simply not part of the picture.”
He goes on to explain: “The historical basis for the Thanksgiving observance is clear. In 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated ‘the goodness of God’ as they feasted with friendly local Indians. In reality, the Pilgrims had faced far greater adversity than had been expected. The climate was harsh, the crops were sparse, the native peoples were often hostile, and their ranks were thinning. Hunger, disease, discomfort, and discouragement were ever close at hand.”
The article in its entirety is worth a perusal. It contains quotes from William Bradford, George Washington, and (one of my personal favorites) Franklin Roosevelt.
Thanksgiving is far more than contemplating a turkey; and besides, Thanksgiving ought to be every day of the year. Why? Because “God has given us everything that we have–and everything that we need.”
Mohler succinctly clarifies our needs in context: “Deserving nothing but God’s wrath, we were granted forgiveness through the Son. Needing all things, we have been given everything needful for our salvation and eternal life. To these God has added joys, comforts, and provision beyond our imagination–‘far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.’ [Ephesians 3:20]”
Thanks be to God. … Happy Thanksgiving, dear reader!
The quotes in this post are from the following source: http://www.albertmohler.com/2005/11/23/why-thanksgiving-matters/