Culture History

Still Honoring Thanksgiving Day First

Think about it people; those who fracture our seasonal Christmas joy with their secular “happy holiday” nonsense now seem composed of a new mindset that employs this premature and overlapping Christmas emphasis, to the exclusion of our traditional day of Thanksgiving.  Has our American culture become that easily manipulated?

In days past, Christmas displays didn’t even appear till December, as Thanksgiving was given its just respect from American families and for all the Blessings which God has presented throughout the year.  Later, the significance of Christmas was celebrated through its religious context rather than today’s more commercial version.

Today, America is witnessing the beginnings of an effort to devalue our family gatherings around the turkey. This Blessed holiday, denoting thankful prayer, unity and humble tidings is now being marginalized through this disrespectful extension of what Christians consider to be their most religious time of the year; the precious birth of Christ.

At this point, after years of witnessing the trendy neutering of Christmas, with displaying clear lights rather than the traditional bulbs of green and red, and with listening to shoppers wishing each others “happy holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas,” I now wonder about our Muslim counterparts and how alterations to their basic religious traditions and beliefs would be taken by their believers.

Clearly, there is a transition taking place across America when Nativity scenes inspire public protests.  In fact, throughout the year, displays of our Ten Commandments yield identical reactions.

I hear it all the time; “times are changing,” or “that’s old school.”  This shift is not only amazing time wise, but alarming considering its ease of acceptance.  At this point, we must hold sacred to our beliefs while instilling these principles onto our young.  If not, there will come a time when we truly will not be a Christian Nation.

george-washington_prayerOur Thanksgiving Day observances came about during the days of President Washington.  If I may recount from Washington’s October 3rd, 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation in part, “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 thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

In this, Washington’s opening paragraph, he mentions points that have already become trite among modern thinkers, essayists and also with a large portion of Americans.  Yet his words reflect the assumed normalcy of America’s citizenry; a devotion to God and Country, an obedience to morality and conscience coupled with a self righteousness regarding his fellow man.  While viewed as insignificant or out of step with today’s America, this approach may have spurred our present day lack of respect and appreciation for what preceded.

Washington cites “the duty of all Nations.” Today, we dismiss obeying “his will,” or “to be grateful for his benefits,” since many in our computerized society find it uncomfortable to even acknowledge God’s being.  Also, Washington mentioned in his 1796 Farewell Address, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

These words from both oratories may hold clues to what ails our current haplessness.  Especially when we have re-elected a President who dismisses the notion that America is a Christian Nation?  Are we still capable of readopting this useful insight from our Founders?

Our first President also mentions how fortunate we were to be able to “establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”  Simply stated, and even more so expected, was Washington’s assumption that our people’s safety would be had by government’s most sacred trust and duty.

Once again, there seems to be a hitch to our get along.  The same President who doubts our Christian bearing also refuses to answer our Constitution’s call for protection “against invasion.”  Each State joined our Union with a guarantee of becoming part of a larger and more protective entity.  However, in today’s version of liberty and justice, more interest and care is afforded to the foreign invader or refugee than to our natural born.

All this should make one realize that our Nation cannot continue with her bleeding.  We are Americans and what we have inherited is far more worthy than the future which will await us all.  As our Forefathers pointed out, it’s “we the people.”  And it’s “we the people,” of which the vast majority are still Christians, who continue in silence when being wished “happy holidays.”  Again, maybe trivial and insignificant but then with that mindset, what isn’t?

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Jim Bowman

Retired, grandfather, 71 years old, Vietnam vet, author of This Roar of Ours, over 25 year of published op/eds.

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