Giving Thanks to God

ThankstotheLordNearly 200 years ago, in his 1815 Thanksgiving Day proclamation, President James Madison stated: “No people ought to feel greater obligations to celebrate the goodness of the Great Disposer of Events of the destiny of Nations than the people of the United States…And to the same Divine Author of Every Good and Perfect Gift, we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed, in this favored land.”

This early President of the United States was not hesitant to call our nation to celebrate the goodness of God, nor did he deny our nation’s exceptionalism as a “favored land,” with both religious and civil blessings, from the Father above.

This is a marked distinction from the secularized and religiously-sanitized position of our present, national leaders—some of whom seem embarrassed at the exceptional blessings we have divinely received and refuse to respect the values of our Judeo-Christian heritage.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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