Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Learning Thanksgiving from General Grant?

Working in public schools, Chestatee High and Sardis Elementary this fall, students I find are still eager to get out for the Thanksgiving holiday. We received a full Thanksgiving week off this year. Two of our days were teacher furlough days, a sign of the economic times. This is a secular holiday established by religious people-Americans.
What has infected our country where we do not look to Providence as who blesses us, gives provision and strength. Many people do not look to the Lord for our blessings. A new aged influenced, embarrassed group of pseud-intellectuals seem embarrassed to acknowledge our country's dependence on the Father. We look to self and government.

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."
A popular quote of supporting being selfish by Lao Tzu

We are doers we are told. People are no longer bond servants to the Lord, as Peter and Paul described themselves in their Apostleship. Notice all the leadership seminars sponsored by Christian ministries? How about some servanthood seminars?
Oh, we are all now so called "Christ followers" as possibility thinkers like taught at The Crystal Cathedral [now bankrupt]. We like to declare in OUR Independence. We can take or leave it. We are just following for now. No submission to Scripture or sitting under a pastor's authority. The word Christian, as the Apostolic fathers described themselves, is sooooo dated. We must redefine 2,000 years of tradition and get with it.
This Thanksgiving we still have too much of that "I did it myself" attitude.

Romans 5:6-8 disabuses Christians of these notions.
"6 For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. 8 But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us!"

Here is a surprise to you. Let's look to that old "blue belly" Ulysses S. Grant.
He was a Yankee General, President victor and national hero. He looked to the Almighty and declares the time as His. Here is a text from President Grant's 1871 Thanksgiving proclamation.

"I therefore recommend that on Thursday, the 30th day of November next, the people meet in their respective places of worship, and there make the usual acknowledgments to Almighty God for the blessings he has conferred upon them; for their merciful exemption from evil, and invoke His protection and kindness for their less fortunate brethren whom, in His wisdom he has deemed it best to chastise.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington this twenty-eighth day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy one, and of the Independence of the Untied States of America the ninety-sixth."

By the President,

Ulysses S. Grant.

Thank you Lord for salvation than by no other way,
In Christ Alone!

Fletcher Law

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