The following article by the L.A. Times just confirms my resolve to preach in the open air more about God, to talk to more people on a one-to-one basis about God, and to hand out more Gospel tracts about God and His Son Jesus Christ, because somehow, the American people have missed the entire point about what Thanksgiving Day is all about: thanking God!
George Washington, in 1789, wrote this about the upcoming Thanksgiving in November of that year:
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:”
And Abraham Lincoln, less than a hundred years later, made it a national day of thanksgiving in his proclamation in 1863:
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
So how did intelligent students at two of California’s major learning institutions miss the point when exchange students asked about the holiday? Is it really about “some break time, and a good shopping time when things are cheap,” as one student thought?
Of course not. It’s about thanking God! GOD! Duh!
Here’s the article:
It’s a holiday that has something to do with turkey. That much they knew.
As the UCLA campus all but shut down, and classmates hoisted baskets of dirty laundry into their cars and motored off to see family and friends, a small group of international students remained behind to hold a Thanksgiving potluck and ponder the peculiar American holiday. Click here to read the rest of the article.