As we near this Thanksgiving holiday Americans all over the country are planning to travel to visit relatives, prepare feasts and give thanks for another year. But like Christmas, the extremist at the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are working feverishly behind the scene to separate both holidays from their religious basis.
Thanksgiving itself is a Christian holiday (Holy Day), started by our founding fathers to give thanks to Our Lord through His son Jesus Christ.
This is the text of the Continental Congress November 1, 1777 national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation; as printed in the Journals of Congress. (Hat Tip to www.wallbuilders.com)
Saturday, November 1, 1777
Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable bounties of his common providence, but also smile upon us in the prosecution of a just and necessary war, for the defense and establishment of our unalienable rights and liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased in so great a measure to prosper the means used for the support of our troops and to crown our arms with most signal success:
It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the 18th day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that it may please him graciously to afford his blessings on the governments of these states respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole; to inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments, under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all blessings, independence and peace; that it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the labor of the husbandman, that our land may yield its increase; to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
This is not an isolated incident where our founding fathers dedicated their work and lives to the glorification and dedication to the Christian faith, it is the norm. Our founders understood what we have forgotten as a nation, that we are wholly inadequate to live a worth while life apart from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
We hear lies about separation of Church and State, which in actuality began in a warning to the Danbury Connecticut Baptist Association to not let the state government dictate to them a state denomination of the Christian faith. We hear preachers cowering in the corner that if we mix religion and politics that the church is leaving its first love. What most of them are actually fearful of is loosing their precious tax exempt status.
We have gone from being a band of bold warriors of the faith willing to sail across a very large ocean in very small boats in order to found a nation on the precepts of Christ to a body of Christ that is attriphied from a lack of exercising our Christian muscles in influencing the world around us.
This Thanksgiving I urge you to remember from whence we came. Remember the blood and sweat of our fore fathers who made the trek to this great land in order to give us the freedom to live our lives for Christ without the tyranny of a ruling class and a king who was intent on putting his will before the will of God for his subjects.
We live in a time in this country where we have a group of people in Congress and in the White House, as well as in our children’s academia, where our Christian faith is openly ridiculed and silenced, just like under King George. The key difference is we have the power not them. We must stand up as citizens and demeaned te respect of our right to allow our faith to influence every area of our lives. A faith that can be compartmentalized is no faith at all.