Thanksgiving Day should stand out in our hearts as one of the most sacred and significant days of celebration of the year. The importance of Thanksgiving Day does not merely stem from its patriotic value as the oldest national celebration in American history. The day should not be observed simply to maintain a historical tradition that was cherished long before it was officially declared a national holiday. Thanksgiving Day is momentous because it not only calls our remembrance to the awe-inspiring work of God’s providence among our forbearers, but also allows us to connect with them in a real way by demanding a perpetual reflection on the providence of God in our own lives. Whether joyfully or with more than a little misgiving, on Thanksgiving Day the nation acknowledges that we are the heirs of our Pilgrim Fathers. Thanksgiving provides a national identification that should connect with every American on a deep and intimate level. It is a day that points to the firm conviction that every good and perfect gift comes from above, and that we are the residual beneficiaries of God’s favor bestowed upon, and celebrated by our ancestors, during that first Thanksgiving feast. As we gather around our family tables in celebration of God’s providence and provision we are the fulfillment of the hope of those godly men and women; we are the enduring testimony to the fruition of their multi-generational vision of faithfulness.
At the same time, it is perhaps for this very reason that the hallowed importance of Thanksgiving Day is diminished in our modern culture. The necessary reflection on God’s providence invoked on this day is something that the unregenerate heart simply cannot grasp, much less celebrate. The essential theme of man’s utter dependence on God is something to which men shaped by the egotistical philosophy of the enlightenment cannot relate. The exclusive adoration and deep fidelity to Jesus Christ practiced among the Pilgrim Fathers is something that this secular generation finds intolerable. For this reason, each year the observance of Thanksgiving Day has gradually diminished into a day celebrated by an excess of parades, food, and football. Thanksgiving Day has been even further eroded by the radical left who, out of their hatred for God, has revised history to distort and pervert America’s Christian heritage. While the Christmas holiday has inherited its fictitious flying reindeer and Easter has inherited a fictitious egg laying rabbit, it seems that Thanksgiving has inherited a fictitious historical narrative, equal to those other absurdities, and accompanied by a barrage of unwarranted ridicule and speculative doubt.
For this reason, there are many who view Thanksgiving Day as a national day of mourning. While Thanksgiving Day is a happy time, many cannot celebrate the occasion without a small feeling of shame for the oppressors and remorse for the oppressed. Of course, such an understanding of history is based on a fictitious and speculative view of Pilgrim/ Indian relations. It is incumbent on Christian families of this generation to debunk the myths invented by those who seek to divorce history from truth because they have rejected God, the sovereign author of history. By debunking these myths we hope to reflect on the true meaning of this day of thanksgiving and restore a culture that gives proper glory, honor, and thanksgiving to God. We confront these unhappy skeptics to defend the honor and preserve the legacies of the Englishmen and Native Americans that gathered in friendship during that first thanksgiving harvest. The myth-making ability of modern skeptics seems to be limitless, but here let us contend with those myths that have been the most widely propagated and generally believed concerning our Pilgrim Fathers and their Native American friends.
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