Readers, I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving and that you are able to spend time with people that you love and for whom you are indeed thankful. As we get time off work, and many will gather together to "give thanks" this month, let's be sure to show our gratitude and appreciation to those that indeed are due our thanks. And let's make sure we consider what it is we truly should be thankful to others for and not just give shallow thanks for the fruits of our labor.
This type of shallow showing of gratitude to the Creator God totally disregards those who actually made their possessions possible, while also neglecting those that do not have those blessings.
Let me explain. Why should a Christian be thankful to God for "shoes on my feet" and a "roof overhead" when millions of people are homeless, barefoot and starving all over this country and all over this world. Pretty shallow isn't it? Pastors like to say if God doesn't punish America for its sins, he owes an apology to Sodom and Gomorrah. Exactly. It applies here too. If God is giving Americans shoes and shelter and financial and material wealth and blessing their health, he owes a huge apology to all those children in the cancer wards all over the world, and to all those starving children. Shouldn't we be praying for those with Downs Syndrome and Autism and Alzheimer's and their caregivers? Why "pray for them" when God knows about it already and has chosen not to help? It makes no sense. And those little children whose daddy or pastor will sexually abuse them tonight, should they be thankful for God's protection and provisions? Do we ignore reality and then sincerely be thankful for our shoes and roof over our head? This is really sick, shallow Christianity.
And what about your career? Why thank the Creator, when you likely got that job because of the education and degree you earned at college. I'm thankful to the University of Florida for my degree that allowed me to earn money to buy shoes for me and my family and put a very nice roof over their heads. We never were short on food due to the salary I was able to earn after graduation.
Thank you to my professors. Go Gators! But I don't thank God for my degree. I know how much it cost me financially (years and years of student loan debt to be repaid) and mentally (hours and hours for years and years of studying) and sacrificially (over 16 years in school to get a graduate degree). So when I graduated, I appreciated people congratulating me and not giving all thanks and credit to God. And how offensive to think God cares about me getting my diploma and intervenes to help to make it happen, while the child gets abducted and the Christian gets beheaded?
And thank you to the USA! They provide social security and disability payments to the sick and elderly. They provide food to the poor, a free education, police protection, parks, roads, hospitals, health care, national defense, and on and on. And thank you to our veterans on this Veterans Day! They are the ones we should be thanking for our freedom. Not God. You need only watch a video of Christians getting their heads chopped off to know what God is doing in that regard. Nothing. Right? Or am I missing something?
Now, I am thankful to the Creator for his creation, the sunrise and sunset, the birds and animals and trees and ocean and mountains and the life he created here. But I just can't thank him for my shoes and roof over my head when I know he didn't provide that to me anyway, and I know he isn't concerned with that when millions of his children are barefoot, homeless, being abused, starving, in poverty, work in sweatshops, are pawns in sex trafficking and are dying all over the globe. It's shallow. It's insincere. And it's not real. So I encourage you to give thanks to those that have invested their time, money, emotions and lives in you. Your mom and dad, friends, doctors, nurses, teachers, spouses, and children. That will be a great encouragement to them on this Thanksgiving. Don't patronize the Creator God by thanking him for your shoes while turning a blind and delusional eye to all those that don't have the health and wealth you created for yourself. Yes, ours is a great country with much to be thankful for. None of which was provided by the supernatural hand of God, but by the innovation, creativity, hard work, love and service of those that toiled and made it happen before us. Be thankful you were born here and not in Ethiopia.