Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and BarbWire’s Matt Barber… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.
On behalf of all of Liberty Counsel and our staff, we want to wish all of you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving Day. This is a great day/opportunity for us to gather with friends and family and to really reflect on why we are thankful. Not just to enjoy the fellowship, which is certainly part of Thanksgiving, not just to enjoy the food, which also is part of Thanksgiving. But to really be thankful for God, and for this country that was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.
Mat Staver: Matt, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, and to all of the listeners that are out there. This is a wonderful time of the year: right now, between Thanksgiving and Christmas is one of the most joyous times of the year.
Certainly it’s a great opportunity for us to be reflecting on why we are thankful and to give thanks to God, which is…really the essence of Thanksgiving.
Matt Barber: It is. And I’m reminded of George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of October 3rd, 1789, where he started out by saying:
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 favor; 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 public thanksgiving 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:”
George Washington goes on to say, “…today we declare that Thanksgiving is national holiday.” So, very clear what the initial, and what the continued reason behind Thanksgiving was: it was to thank God for His provision unambiguously. As George Washington wrote the Thanksgiving Proclamation.
Well, if you ask a liberal today they’ll tell you that Thanksgiving was about thanking the Indians, and my family and I have looked everywhere for a Native American to thank, but we just haven’t been able to find one in our area…
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