Our forefathers came to America with an ideology that has, in this modern America, almost become criminal. The idea of having a Country where freedom and liberty are the ruling ideas. Where the people can be free to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience. The few that survived the first year, after many hardships and deaths, set apart a day to worship God and to thank Him for His blessings, provisions, and protection. The first Thanksgiving Day!
Next to Resurrection Sunday, Thanksgiving should be the greatest holiday for American Christians. Not because it is a day off, or football, or the turkey dinner; no, because it is the day we have set aside to thank God for his blessings, provisions, and protection. The average American Christian only thinks about football and turkey on that day. No longer do we sit around the table as family and friends, no longer do we share how God has blessed, no longer do we really give Thanks! This is a sad testimony of the modern, American Christian. Romans 1:21 says, "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." 2 Timothy 3:1-2 tells us, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy," We are living in the last days, we have been warned, and yet we still act unthankful.
I want to tell you two reasons why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. 1) Because we are commanded to be thankful. Colossians 3:15 "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful." Being thankful is God's perfect will for every believer. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." Now, we should be thankful every day of our lives but to have one day that was intentionally set apart and, as far as its original intentions, established in order to thank God for His blessings is a blessing! I feel a Christian is in disobedience if it has become all about football and turkey! This is a day of thanks! We should have church services but all to often Churches cancel their midweek service in order to accommodate those that will be traveling that week. That is pathetic! 2) Thanksgiving is the only true Christian holiday on our calendar. Resurrection Sunday is to most people Easter, a pagan and adulterous holiday. To bad most Churches celebrate it instead of Resurrection Sunday. Christmas is also, in its history, pagan and came from the Catholic institution known as the "whore" in the book of Revelation. Now, I celebrate Christmas but in a way that I hope brings glory to God. Halloween is nothing but paganism, witchcraft, murder, and other such sins. A Christian should never participate in that day's activities. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 "Abstain from all appearance of evil." I love Thanksgiving because true Christians started it, because it is all about worshipping God, and because there is no paganism involved with it. I pray that this might be a help to some Christian to not make the last Thursday of November all about football and turkey. Try sitting around the dinner table as a family. Let each person have a chance to thank God for His blessings. And pastors, have a Thanksgiving Service. It is a wonderful time for the body of Christ to be thankful together. God bless y'all.