The further we get from our roots, the more successful the left is at convincing us that America is a secularist nation and that the First Amendment prohibits the government from endorsing religious sentiments, however general. Properly understood, Thanksgiving puts the lie to that absurdity.
Break up the name into its constituent parts: Thanks giving. Giving thanks to who – for what?
The most famous of the early Thanksgivings was celebrated by the Pilgrims, a Calvinist sect which believed that God had commanded them to come to the new world to found a colony on Biblical principles. The Mayflower Compact reflects the Pilgrims’ belief in their mission.
Their Thanksgiving followed the injunction to the Children of Israel that when they came into the Promised Land, they would offer a thanksgiving to God of the first fruits of their harvest. Beginning with George Washington, every president has issued a Thanksgiving proclamation focusing on the spiritual aspects of the day.
During the Civil War, Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. It was fixed as the fourth Thursday in November by an act of Congress in 1941, the year America entered World War II. In both of those years, the fate of our republic hung in the balance. What could be more natural than to remind our people that a higher power watches over us, and it is to that power that we must turn in times of trouble.
Our nation is in the midst of another civil war. This time over culture. As much as during World War II, we face an implacable enemy determined to destroy us.
This is the real meaning of Thanksgiving – not football, turkey, parades or multicultural celebrations.
EDITOR’S NOTE – Secularists in today’s America forget about the foundations of the settling of America. As mentioned above, here is the Mayflower Compact, signed in 1620.
In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, e&. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620.
Mr. John Carver,
Mr. William Bradford,
Mr Edward Winslow,
Mr. William Brewster.
Mr. Samuel Fuller,
Mr. Christopher Martin,
Mr. William Mullins,
Mr. William White,
Mr. Richard Warren,
Mr. Steven Hopkins,
Mr. John Allerton,
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