Mohler: Why Thanksgiving matters

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  1. bb_baptist

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    The holiday police are at it again--looking for violations of the nation's new policy of separating faith and civic celebrations. The same folks who will soon be trolling courthouse squares looking for manger scenes are now calling on Americans to have a happy Thanksgiving . . . but leave God out of it.

    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.

    Some educators, worried that even the word "thanksgiving" might be too controversial, have renamed the holiday "Turkey Day." Of course, this implies that the central thrust of the celebration comes down to poultry.

    The revisionist historians want to have it both ways. They present the Pilgrims as wild-eyed religious fanatics--precursors to the Religious Right--and then suggest that the first Thanksgiving was essentially a secular holiday.

    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.

    Aiming for Virginia, these Christians--dissenting from the Church of England and determined to establish a truly Christian community--actually landed in New England. That miscalculation meant that disaster was almost certain. Nevertheless, they "fell upon their knees and blessed the God of heaven who had brought them over this vast and furious ocean," recorded Governor William Bradford.

    In 1789, President George Washington declared the first national day of Thanksgiving by asking Americans to "unite in most humbly offering our prayer and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of nations."

    Later presidents followed Washington's example. Abraham Lincoln issued moving Thanksgiving proclamations during the Civil War. Franklin Roosevelt, who regularized the holiday on the national calendar, called the nation to thankfulness in the middle of World War II: "The Almighty God has blessed our nation in many ways. He has given our people stout hearts and strong arms with which to strike mighty blows for freedom and truth.... So we pray to Him now for a vision to see our way clearly--to see the way that leads to a better life for ourselves and for our fellow men--to the achievement of His will, to peace on earth."

    Read entire article:
    http://www.albertmohler.com/commentary_read.php?cdate=2005-11-23
     
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    Mohler approaches everything us "us" versus "them" with them being those dangerous Americans who don't think exactly the way he does. Probably some people do interpret everything without including God. That's their right. I wish he would concentrate on moving Christ's Church forward and saving the lost rather than polarizing the country. In a free nation people have the right to think as they chose as long as they don't committ a crime. Does Mohler want to see a theocracy replace the republic?
     
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    A question about a theocracy replacing this republic:

    When Jesus returns and rules this world "with a rod of iron" (Rev. 19:15), will He replace this republic with a theocracy or will He let people decide issues and leaders by voting?

    Even so come Lord Jesus!
     
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    How is he polarizing the nation?
     
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    I have no trouble living in a theocracy; however, I do not trust those think they know the mind of God well enough to think they are adequate substitutes for the Real Thing.
     
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    A Theocracy says "Thy will be done" and "I have come to do Thy will, O Lord"

    A Theocracy says, "Speak, Lord! For Your servant heareth!"

    Any vote that does not line up with the mind of the Lord Jesus Christ--is out if God's will--and therefore, cannot be a part of Theocracy and(the vote) cannot be trusted.
     
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    Has Jesus returned? We're talking about earthly kingdoms.
     

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