Today in America, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. I sometimes wonder if our nation has wandered from the type of thankfulness that our Founding Fathers possessed. For that matter, I wonder about the gratefulness of the church. Not “all” churches, mind you, but churches in general. Our brave ancestors came to this land to chase the dream of religious freedom, escape oppressive governmental taxation and interference. Where are we now? In our foreseeable future, we (the church) may lose many of the freedoms that we say we desire. Our government may dictate what we can and cannot say in public pulpits. Sadly, some of our number are so confused about the fundamentals of scripture that they give up these freedoms voluntarily – even gladly – for the sake of cultural advancement. Unfortunately, this culture is not based on scripture or the heart of a Holy God.
Oh, Lord! Let us not even discuss taxation. Government and its appetite for our money (for the most part) has become like a nightmarish vampire, sucking the very life out of our families. That is enough commentary about that.
Allow me to redeem the tone of this article. Yes, we seem to live in an unthankful, ungrateful world. However, individually, we can turn from our self-centeredness and cry out to the Creator of all that is… telling him “thank you” with our hearts, words, and deeds. He is responsible for salvation. He is the author and finisher of that perfect plan. He has a perfect place prepared for us to dwell in – when this life is over. He is full of grace, love, hope, joy, happiness, contentment, and Light.
Give thanks today! Jesus is coming soon and all this struggle and strife will be over… amen.