“The secularists who seek to obliterate God from our public discourse and consciousness have deliberately obscured the true meaning of Thanksgiving,” asserts Marius Forte’, author (with Sam Sorbo) of the new book, The Answer: Proof of God in Heaven. American children are seldom taught the true history of the holiday in the public school classroom. Forte’ wonders how many Americans are even aware of the fact that giving thanks to God was foundational to our nation.
The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony celebrated the first Thanksgiving and Praise to God after their first hard year in the New World and after having achieved a successful harvest. Indeed, the Pilgrims followed a Christian tradition to observe days of thanksgiving in order to thank God in times of prosperity and days of fasting and supplication in times of trouble.
Days of fasting were subsequently declared by President James Madison, one of the authors of the 1stAmendment, during the War of 1812 and by President Zachary Taylor during the cholera epidemic of 1849. The epidemic subsided shortly after the day of fasting and prayer.
Thanksgiving was officially established as a national holiday by President George Washington who set aside, by executive order, one day per year for the American people to celebrate and express gratitude to God for the blessings bestowed upon the nation. Washington declared the holiday in 1789, his first year in office. His proclamation has been in the news recently, as an original copy was expected to bring $8 to $12 million at auction, as it bares Washington’s rare signature.
Even more rare are leaders in this modern era with an understanding of our Judeo-Christian foundation and a heart after God, as Washington exhibited when he penned these words: Continue Reading →