Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
I think it’s important to know a little about the history of our holidays, here in the US. I particularly like the history behind Thanksgiving. It really speaks volumes against the backdrop of liberal organizations, such as the ACLU, attempting to remove references to God from every fabric of today’s society.
As much as religion-hating liberals try at all costs to deny our heritage, this country was borne out of a fundamental belief in an almighty God. Indeed, the very basis of the independence argument was based on the belief that what God has granted us, we have not been able to experience under the yoke of the crown. Therefore, they threw off the yoke. But without a higher power than the King to appeal to, what justification would there have been to go against his wishes?
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
If belief in a God was not the foundation or the justification for declaring our independence, what was? Rights granted by another human (King or anyone else) cannot be unalienable. Without the unalienable rights granted to mankind by his creator, there is no legal justification for us to establish our independence from the crown. In other words, they recognized a moral higher authority.
There were two key steps as I see it, in establishing our independence in such a way that it cannot be destroyed. First, they believed in rights granted to us as humans by our creator. But unless you have a belief in a higher power, you can’t understand this step. (Which is why liberals have such a hard time with this concept.) Second, they claimed or secured those rights through the consent of the people. But recognizing that our rights are not granted by men but by almighty God, they removed the possibility of someone lording power over the people because no one can claim to be equal to God. This is why America is the nation it is. We are a nation beholding to no one but God (a moral and just God, Mr. Osama) and responsible to one another for its fair governance.
George Washington’s proclamation regarding Thanksgiving is even more telling as to how our founding fathers stood regarding the important of recognizing a supreme being. Here is the proclamation:
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 and 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 in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable 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 has 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 show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, 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 3d dy of October, A.D. 1789.
(signed) G. Washington
From Spark’s Washington, Vol. XII, p. 119
I got this from here.
I’m thankful, today, to have been born in a country as incredible as America. We have the power to rule the world, like no other country has in the history of mankind, yet we choose to use it for the good of mankind instead of the ruin. I realize we aren’t perfect. But I know that as long as our eyes and hearts, as a collective nation, stay focused on the moral high ground and our belief in an Almighty God stays strong and a part of who we are as a nation, we will endure until the end of the ages.