Monday, November 24, 2008

When God was part of our National Observance of Thanksgiving

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 thanksgiving 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."
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

God set our great nation apart to preserve the Christian faith and to be an allie to His nation, Israel. The Great nation of Israel started with only 70 people whose occupation was to take care of livestock. They were detested by the people of Egypt, and yet God set them apart and blessed them for their faithfullness by building them into a vast nation through whom the entire world would be able to receive salvation and everlasting life with God through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In the same way, God raised up the United States of America from a few people devoted to their Christian faith - the poor, persecuted and rejected from around the world. Because of their faithfulness, He raised a great nation who has experienced great power and blessing.

Only 200 years later, the people and government of the United States have repeatedly disobeyed God's commands set forth in His Word and removed Him from all public places. God does not continue to bless nations who turn away from Him. We sow what we reap and we are now seeing the Blessing and Protection of God withdrawn from a country who no longer loves him.

I pray that our country will repent and seek God again as did the founders of our country. If not, we must not be surprised when economic hardships worsen and when the power we have enjoyed is taken from us. God will not be mocked.

1 comment:

Laurie said...

What a great post. So much truth in what you have said. Most people are brave enough to stay it though. Kudos to you!