Government creates day of Thanksgiving to God

Discussion in '2003 Archive' started by Bro. James Reed, Nov 25, 2003.

  1. Bro. James Reed

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    Sep 18, 2002
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    For anyone who believes that the Constitution was set up with the 1st Amendment in order to secularize this country, without giving acknowledgment and praise to God, just read this.

    This proves that the founding fathers never intended for the United States to be a godless country. They had always intended that the non-endorsement of a religion meant not one Judeo-Christian religion over another, as Judaism and Christianity were seen as the only two choices in America at the time.

    General Thanksgiving

    By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America

    WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"
    NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanksfor His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
    And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wife, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
    GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
    (signed) G. Washington

    I suppose the nay-sayers would also say that Thanksgiving is unConstitutional because the sole purpose of its creation by the government was to give thanks and praise to God. This CLEARLY sounds like an endorsement of religion.

    God Bless you all and God Bless the U.S.A.

    Bro. James [​IMG]
  2. Circuitrider

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    I was recently in Russia and they have an interesting custom among Baptists. They celebrate Thanksgiving as kind of a harvest festival and it is held by each individual church on whatever date they may choose.

    The church I attended had in addition to their regular music and three messages a skit by the children about harvest. Following the service they had food prepared which they ate....meat and cheese sandwiches, fruit and tea.

    I am sure this is an alternative to the godless Soviet state which ruled for so many years. Thus Thanksgiving there is a distinct celebration for believers. [​IMG]

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