Jack McLain’s Viewpoint: Thanksgiving Challenges

Thanksgiving Challenges

28 November 2013

by Jack McLain – Constitution Party of Florida

jack mclain As I sit on the evening of Thanksgiving Day, reflecting on the events of the day, as well as the past and future, I think of our failure to recognize the many blessings we have enjoyed as a people and as a nation.  Amid the joys of the Christian life, its provisions and promises, there wells up the uncertainty of our nation’s future, the wonders of God’s patience, and the part that Christians should and must play if our national blessings shall continue for very long.

On this Thanksgiving Day, as in the past 26 years, our church has had a morning service of thanksgiving with appropriate prayer, music, testimonies, an ordination today, and praise to the Lord for our blessings.  The service this morning included the testimonies of two missionaries to the Philippines, father and son, Howard and John Wynn.  They have served in Tacloban for over three decades.  They have lost nearly everything they owned to typhoon wind and water damage.  The father and mother escaped, being in the States, while son and family nearly drowned in their own home in water that rose up into the attic.

Our Pastor could talk to John as the congregation actually listened and watched as John spoke from Manila where he and his family were flown temporarily—the technology today is beyond my comprehension!  Through it all, Howard, speaking and praying here in person, and John, are thankful that all that they lost were mere possessions.  What they have laid up in Heaven can never be lost!  Some members of their church family went to be with the Lord through the storm.  Already, our church and surely others, are freely giving to help them recover in Tacloban.

On our church bulletin today is printed George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789.  He wrote, in part, “Whereas, both houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me ‘to the public of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peacefully to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness’,”  As we read his statements, one is startled to think how far our national government and leaders have drifted from the recognition of God as Sovereign in the 224 years since this writing.  How distorted today is the thinking of foolish men who have been led by evil men to believe that God has not provided for, protected, and preserved our nation through all these years.  Note that both houses of Congress were in agreement, and our President could proclaim a day of thanksgiving and prayer to Almighty God—without criticism from an illegal A.C.L.U.

Washington in his proclamation also stated:  “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…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…”  Rather than being a government leading our people peacefully and graciously along, our national government has become the “Fearful Master” that George Washington once warned of.

God has been good to America.  God has been patient with us.  Christianity with its many thousands of churches and institutions in America has taught the love of God for souls and needs of mankind.  Some have faithfully taught God’s simple plan of salvation through believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the dead.  None teach that man must be forced to believe as we do or else be hated or beheaded.

Yet today a deceitful battle rages, unknown and unseen by many, between the forces of right and wrong, of good and evil, of truth and error.  Many have been elevated to positions in education and government who are avowed atheists, Muslims, socialists, Marxists, and communists.  They are indoctrinating our children and our adults alike that our Christian heritage is a mess of pottage not to be respected, appreciated, or to be prolonged.  God, through the Apostle Paul, tells us that they are, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).

One man who has stood the test over many years of study and exposure to Islam has sought to awaken Americans to the dangers that we face.  We wrote of Martin Mawyer, founder of Christian Action Network, in a past Viewpoint.  His documentation of events of the day is indeed shocking when summarized as in his recent survey, some of which follow:

  • Do you agree that an Army soldier should have been reprimanded for eating Chick-Fil-A burgers just because the owner of Chick-Fil-A is a Christian?        
  • Should public school textbooks be allowed to teach our children that “jihad (holy war) is a Muslim duty”? 
  • Do you support the Department of Justice’s new directive ordering all employees to verbally support homosexuality—or face punishment?
  • Do you support one textbook lesson that teaches that “Europeans were attracted by Islam’s message of equality and hope for salvation”—but does not mention violent Islamic activities like decapitations and much worse?
  • Do you support school programs that force children to dress up as Muslims, pray Muslim prayers, eat Muslim food, and even practice jihad, like one middle school program in California?  [Even as many schools refuse children the right to practice Christianity.]
  • Should our school children be banned from writing about God in school, as happened in Tennessee?
  • Should our courts be allowed to use Islamic Sharia law instead of constitutional law in making decisions, as one report has found in at least 50 U.S. court cases?

 Do you agree with a recent statement by a member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, who tweeted that America is “an Islamic country with an Islamically-compliant constitution”?

How will Christians and patriots respond to these and many other challenges to our faith and freedoms?  What is the Christian responsibility in the face of severe challenges to our faith and worship?  Do many think that these challenges will all pass over with the next election?  Do we believe that our leftist leadership will back off from planning total control and dictatorship as long as we obey the laws and presidential directives and keep quiet—and pray?

Sorry, folks, “Occupy till I come,” does not mean just to occupy a pew in church once a week, or more.  It means “to do business” for the Lord while awaiting His return.  Jude wrote, “[To] exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).  Christians should expect contention and be ready always to defend their faith and freedoms.  Otherwise, we should expect that our freedoms shall be gradually dissipated, as at present, unnoticed by many.

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17).