Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving: Pres.Obama, Gov. Gregoire and Gov. Arthur B. Langlie

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Millions of us celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend, eating great food, spending time with family, watching some football and most importantly giving thanks to God for His blessings.

Giving thanks to God on a specific day began with our first President. In 1789, Washington told a newly chartered nation to celebrate its first Thanksgiving by giving thanks to God, to, in his words, "Beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions"--- to pray to God, "to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue..."

In 1863, during the Civil War, Lincoln made Thanksgiving a celebration to be commemorated each year on the fourth Thursday of November. He said it was to be a "Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens," to "commend His tender care" for the needy and to heal the "wounds of the nation and to restore it according to Divine purposes."

News has provided a good overview of both Lincoln and Washington's relationship to Thanksgiving Day. Although there were no Thanksgiving Presidential Proclamations between 1816 and 1861, most Presidents have referenced the historical and spiritual significance of Thanksgiving Day.

At least until now.

President Obama sort of redefined Thanksgiving this year---at least for him and his family, calling it a "celebration of community." In his speech, the President said he and his family would spend the day "eating great food, watching a little football, and reflecting on how lucky we are."

"Celebration of community?"

"How lucky we are?"

Columnist Ben Shapiro tweeted, "Unreal that Obama doesn't mention God in Thanksgiving message." You're right Ben, he didn't.

Sherman Frederick at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, ground zero for "luck" wrote, "Somebody ought to remind Obama that when Americans sit down around a meal today and give thanks, they give thanks to God."

While the President reflected on his good luck, Gov. Gregoire didn't even bother to make a Thanksgiving proclamation---or reflect on her "luck". The Tacoma News Tribune speculated that she was probably too wrapped up in cutting the budget to think about blessings or Thanksgiving.

Interestingly, I came across a Thanksgiving proclamation in letter form from a former Washington State Governor that shows that Washington State has not always been too busy or preoccupied to proclaim a Thanksgiving to God for His blessings. And unlike the President, this Governor wasn't reflecting on "luck".

In fact this Governor served two separate terms.

His first term as Governor began 32 days before I was born. His second, when I was old enough to know about such things. I remember him.

Governor Arthur B. Langlie clearly defined the significance of Thanksgiving Day and how we ought to spend at least a part of it in the following letter:

This Proclamation likely explains why in the formative years of my life, growing up in the Yakima Valley, so many spoke so highly of Governor Langlie---even some Democrats, who happened to be my relatives.

Will either of the two leading candidates to replace Gregoire have that kind of conviction? Not likely.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Bold. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

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  1. I find it ironic that Gary spends so much time on this blog claiming that one's sexual orientation is a "behavior" (but only if it's same-sex), and that gay rights and visibility in the media are only a ploy for "acceptance" of gay people.

    And here, in these last two blogs, he attempts to argue that his specific religion -- which is clearly a chosen behavior if there ever was one -- must be promoted through the government in the public sphere or there's something very wrong with this country.

    If the former is brainwashing, as he claims, then the latter is ... what?

    (Answer: Hypocrisy)

    Tony in Seattle

  2. There are several true Christians running for President. Cain, Perry, or Bachman would bring God back into the White House. God would reward us for electing any of them.

  3. @2:00 ... Then why did He make them so inept and unqualified?

  4. Christianity (gasp) has been promoted in this country since before its inception, including in the classroom (until recently that is) and it's because we have turned our backs on the teachings of God that the promotion of vice and depravity is accepted as a lifestyle choice.

    "For although the knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immoratal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another." Romans 1:18-24.

    Our form of government is for a moral and religious people, it is wholely inadequate for any other.

    Craig in Lacey

  5. @5:39

    God hand selected these candidates. If you vote for any others, he will punish you. He will not be mocked.

  6. Craig,

    So, you say a corporatocracy is for moral and religious people? I disagree that it's for moral people, but I think you're right that it's a match for religious people.

    Mark in Tigard

  7. Craig... there you go again. Our government has never been in the religion-promotion business. Sure, a majority of us were and continue to be Christians in this country, but this country belongs to all, not one group.

    By "vice and depravity" I can only imagine you mean the greater acceptance of gay people in society, which you blame on turning our backs on God. Here's something to consider: Your continued insistence that gay people are depraved and immoral, in spite of what we know, is turning ever-greater numbers away from Christianity. You are turning our backs on the teachings of God.


    Tony in Seattle

  8. Mark

    Please read that again, I made no reference to corporations. I referenced the founding of this country.

    The quote is from John Adams, remember him?

    "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion....Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."


    Really? "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness." George Washington, Farewell Address

    Craig in Lacey

  9. Craig,

    Actually, I thought you were speaking your own current opinion. I'm kinda used to people using quotation marks to indicate that they are quoting someone else's words.

    I did recognize the quote. I'm familiar with Mr. Adams, but am not inclined to be a fan after reading McCullough's biography.

    My point stands that our current form of government is a corporatocracy - unfit for moral people, but fitting for people who let others define their morals for them.

    Mark in Tigard

  10. Tony

    Like I said, since before its inception; Old Deluder Satan Law, Mass. 1642, Conn.1647.

    1690 Conn., "this legislature observing that... there are many persons unable to read the English tongue and thereby incapable to read the Holy Word of God or the good laws of this colony ...... it is ordered that all parents and masters shall cause their respective children and servants, as they are capable, to be taught to read distinctly the English tongue".

    Rules of Harvard, 1636
    Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life.

    The evidence is overwhelming with even a cursory glance at the history of this country, no revisionist nonsense will change the intent of the founders of this nation. Yes, provision for other faiths was made, but our laws and government rest on the general principles of Christianity.

    You're not depraved, your behavior is. I'm not speaking of homosexuality only, there are many forms of vice which are promoted by media, t.v., etc. and they are destroying our country from the inside out. God sets the standard on what is acceptable and what's not, I don't and you don't. It's your choice and my choice and we all pay the price in the end. God loves you dearly, but ultimately we decide our own fate. Life or death, you choose.

    As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

    Craig in Lacey

  11. My bad, I forgot the quotations. I'm surprised though, that your being familiar with the quote that you would assume I was applying it to our current political mess.

    As our nation moves farther away and becomes more ignorant of the biblical principles it was founded on, you can expect our government to follow suit. Our nation can't long endure in such a situation.

    That is a direct result of the Bible not being taught in our schools and homes.

    As the saying goes "you reap what you sow"

    God defines morals, they have nothing to do with the wisdom of man. Mine or anybody elses'.

  12. Craig... What is truly depraved is your using God to justify your personal feelings about gay people. For all the time you’ve spent on this site condemning gay people, you could easily have figured out if there is truth behind your words. For you and other “Christians,” the Bible is the literal word of God when it comes to gay people, but somehow it’s not when it comes to other things: like women, or eating shellfish, or slavery. For real Christians, that is not the case.

    Do not be so certain that your actions are serving God.

    Tony in Seattle


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