This year’s Thanksgiving Day celebration is over and as I thought about the holiday, I realized how empty and meaningless the holiday is to so many people in today’s America.
Some families remembered the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims in the early 1600s, but few understand what they went through and what they were really thankful for.
The journey from Europe to America was a long, arduous and dangerous journey that took weeks. They were cramped into a small wooden ship that was easily tossed from side-to-side by any winds or storms. Some spent the journey ill and a few died.
They had no idea of what to expect when they landed. All they knew is that there was a wilderness waiting for them and that life would be very hard in having to build shelters and supply themselves with food, especially enough food to make it through a long and cold winter.
Yet, shortly after their arrival, they managed to befriend some of the Indians and even with provisions being limited, they took time to give thanks to God for seeing them through the ocean crossing and for providing the little they had. But they saw it as a bountiful blessing, especially when compared to the severe religious persecution they experienced in their homelands.
Other families today gathered and thanked God for everything they had, but I wonder how many were sincerely thankful or just were going through the motions of a hollow and insincere faith? It was like they were carrying out a preprogrammed ritual that could easily have been carried out by a soulless computer.
Yet, many Americans claimed to be thankful for the table full of food, were looking forward to Black Friday shopping and the start of the Christmas holiday season.
But, who did they give thanks to? With the decline of TRUE Christianity (I say TRUE Christianity because the vast majority of so-called Christians really don’t understand what being a Christian really is – they don’t understand what the Bible says and the standards that Jesus Christ calls to them. Many will find themselves standing before Jesus, claiming to be a follower only to have Jesus rebuke them and send them away.)
What about the growing millions who don’t believe in God or Jesus? Who are they thankful to? Christianity is openly persecuted by more and more people in today’s America, so who do these people truly give thanks to?
Sadly, if you listen to many people in America today, you will realize that they are thankful to themselves. It was they who worked or invested and it is they who have provided a home, car, clothes and food for themselves and their families.
This is what they are taught in America’s public education system and even at most colleges and universities. They are taught this on television, in the movies, in most music, video games and other forms of entertainment. Even a number of professional athletes take full credit for being paid millions of dollars to play a game.
This what they are taught in today’s government. God, Jesus and the Bible were thrown out of government and public education over 50 years ago. In 2012, the Democratic National Convention refused to allow prayer or any acknowledgment of God, but Allah was okay.
No wonder Thanksgiving has become a secular holiday, filled with gluttony, drunkenness, lavish spending on meaningless things and idol worship. The idol they worship is often themselves.
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