… no other reason.
Thanksgiving is a testimony of God’s faithfulness to the world. It is, as I think Doug Wilson has written an apologetic for the Christian faith.
Remember this… If there is no Resurrection the phrase ‘thank you’ should be banned. If the dead do not rise, we should eat and drink without thanksgiving (1 Cor 15:32). And we should do so with abandon. When we die the provider of every good thing dies with us after all.
Here is my proposal… If there is no resurrection we should replace our Thanksgiving Holiday with a season of self congratulations, detailing how wonderful we are.
Look at me and the wonders I have wrought! Food on the table? Me. Beer in the fridge? Me again. Good looking wife? Lay that at my feet and marvel at my use of pheromones. Well behaved kids? My parenting kung-fu is better than yours. Congratulations to me! There really should be some kind of award.
As the redeemed people of God our inner bent is toward thanksgiving. We cannot seem to help it. Being thankful outside of ourselves is who we are and we hurt when men are not thankful: “Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31)
When the Church is thankful, the world takes notice. We want them to marvel at a God who deserves praise when things are tough. We want to be seen thanking the God who redeemed us. Psalm 79:13 “So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations.”
Remember that this Thanksgiving season. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.