No holiday in the world compares to Thanksgiving. Material traditions aside, this important day gives us cause to unite not just as families but as a nation, bowed humbly in gratitude to God for His abundant mercy and bounteous grace to our people.
President Abraham Lincoln, on October 3, 1863, formalized this blessed holiday in the midst of Civil War, “as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” The great purpose of this day was, Lincoln intended, a call for “humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience.” We were then a nation that had been tolerant of a great iniquity: deniers of equal protection to an entire class of human beings in their God-given, unalienable rights to the Blessings of Liberty. And, Lincoln deeply believed, for that iniquity America was being brought low. As Lincoln succinctly stated in his last inaugural address on March 4, 1865, when he made direct reference to the ninth verse of the 19th Psalm:
“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s 250 years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn by the lash shall be paid by another drawn by the sword, as was said 3,000 years ago, so still it must be said: ‘The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.'”
While Barack Obama had the gall to partially, and therefore dishonestly and cynically, quote Lincoln, NO TRACE of any reference to Almighty God, our utter dependence on Him, or the pressing need for national repentance for our national sins were included. Instead, all thanks, all possibility of hope for the future, is to be directed toward Obama himself. Not “humble penitence” towards the One Who made us, but boundless faith in Barack Obama: a man who supports infanticide, holds a Marxist view of government, and has no regard for America’s founding principles.
On “Super Tuesday,” February 5, 2008, Barack Obama gave a speech in Chicago, in which he repeatedly uttered the sophomoric line, “Yes, we can!” This silly humanistic slogan, which became his political mantra, is the polar opposite of Lincoln’s attitude and understanding. Lincoln, like the founding generation before him, knew that apart from God we, individually and as a nation, have nothing. No freedom. No security. No material prosperity. Nothing. “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)
Obama spoke in high-flown tones, saying, “We are the hope of the future … we know what we have seen and what we believe – that what began as a whisper has now swelled to a chorus that cannot be ignored; that will not be deterred; that will ring out across this land as a hymn that will heal this nation, repair this world, and make this time different than all the rest – Yes. We. Can.”
Barack Obama intends that America be reduced to SINGING HYMNS TO OURSELVES.
On the night of November 4th, on election night, he summed up his vacuous campaign by claiming that the phrase “Yes we can” is a “timeless creed,” one “that sums up the spirit” of the American people. But, it is not. It is the attitudinal starting-place of those who arrogantly believe that might makes right, whose ultimate impulse is always to rule over others by force. Without allegiance to the true and living God, there is no restraint.
Barack Obama’s narcissistic and humanistic ideology is akin to the godless doctrines of the regimes that destroyed hundreds of millions of lives over the last century, but it bears no resemblance to the true American creed, as spelled out in the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. â€” That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men…”
It’s hard to see how he could be more wrong about what America is, and what it must be if it is to survive in liberty, security and prosperity.
As a nation countenancing a new and even more heinous evil than Abraham Lincoln confrontedâ€”abortionâ€”how can we possibly avoid an even more severe punishment than Lincoln’s generation suffered? How will we as a people survive under a leadership that not only turns away from acknowledging God, but stiffens its neck and refuses to obey Him in the simplest ways, most particularly in how we treat the weakest and most helpless among us?
The days ahead will be dangerous and trying ones. But in the end, it is God Himself, not Barack Obama, who will be the determinant of our nation’s fate, based on the attitude and the actions of the people as a whole. What role will you as an individual play in determining that fate?
No hope is to be found in Barack Obama, bereft as he is of the knowledge of God or of our nation’s true heritage, history, and principles. But don’t ever forget that there is great hope in the LORD, and in the American people as a whole, when we get our hearts right and our minds set on those things which truly endure. When the American people stand up united in a truly righteous cause, with God’s blessing upon them, there is no mightier force on earth.
If we will simply find the courage to do what God requires, we will once again have reason to offer up much Thanksgiving. And then our children and grandchildren will thank us too, just as we are grateful to our forebears who trusted God and paid the price of self-sacrifice for liberty.