Any genuine American or Christian who gets their news from “alternate media” knows that America is in serious trouble…
1. As always and aggravated by the covid restrictions, our national debt is massive and our economy is suffering in spite of President Trump’s wise, beneficial actions pulling America back from the brink of collapse twice.
2. President Trump is probably going to “lose“ the election through the most massive vote fraud in American history to a person who is totally incapable of governing a potted plant, but who intends to implement extremely dangerous policies if he is allowed to pretend he won.
3. Many wise political observers suspect the Democrat candidate will be taken out of office not long after he is established in it, and his far worse vice president will take over. We will then have a literal enemy of America occupying the White House, many empowered enemies of America in the emergent Deep State, empowered globalist-funded enemies of America who have already carried out terrorist actions in many US cities, radical-racist minority groups ditto, and an epochal, successful power grab by the Deep State using the fake covid pandemic.
4. Plus America has two “great power” adversaries now, and at least one other that is a serious threat, all of whom have greatly increased their military technology, capacity, and aggression. You can read an October 2020 report from the Congressional Research Service if you want to wallow in anxiety.
That’s right, Happy Thanksgiving! What do we have to be thankful for, you ask?
To start with, is there any nation you’d rather be living in? Every problem we have here is worse elsewhere, with the possible exception of Switzerland, which is too blasted cold.
We can be thankful for good times past. Many of us have so many good memories. They make a difference, first just because (most of us) were privileged to enjoy a level of freedom and prosperity denied to most of the rest of the world. Future troubles do not annul the joy and fun we had.
Those memories can also make a difference for a very profound reason: if Earth can be this good, how wonderful Heaven must be! Of course, this only applies to those who are going to Heaven. Which brings up a couple more things to be thankful for – we still have a large measure of freedom of religion in America. We can exercise that freedom to our own benefit and we can extend it to others, if they’re willing to listen.
Those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ have the incredible privilege of being Ambassadors of King Jesus to this world. When things are going well, it’s not as easy to interest people in the next life. Also not as easy for Christians to let go of this world. But when fear, hate, oppression, disease, and deprivation begin to stalk the land, maybe, repeat maybe, some will be more willing to listen to the message of forgiveness of sins and a new life in Jesus.
We can be thankful that the hope we offer is not a hope that waxes and wanes with political campaigns, but a “sure and certain hope” that is built on the resurrection from the dead of King Jesus, and the promise that “because He lives, we will live also.” Not just “live” as in “keep on existing”, but “live” as in inheriting a body and mind with capabilities beyond those of Dell Comics superheroes. “Live” as in live in a kingdom where no one ever dies, no one ever gets sick … and no one is evil. Because those who have chosen to put their faith in King Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins will be changed by God into righteous, decent, kind-hearted beings. Imagine never needing locks, police, paramedics or doctors ever again!
One of my favorite writers told how a close friend coded a lock on his property boundary to “the best day he could remember”. It turned out that it was the best day for both men, and the visitor didn’t have to shoot off the lock. Consider this: followers of King Jesus are going to a country where there will be no bad days! If anyone asks you there, “What has been your best day in the last year?” you’ll have trouble deciding! All days there will be better than we have ever imagined here.
Crime statistics: some areas of the US are still relatively crime-free, but it’s relative. There? “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9)
The earth will be restored to what God had intended it to be:
“For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God!” (Romans 8:20-21)
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb. The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the yearling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea!” (Isaiah 11:6-9)
We can be thankful above all else because seeing the entire world fall apart,
seeing world war apparently about to come off the pages of history and turn the planet into a slaughterhouse, seeing the apostasy of “Christian“ denominations and leaders, seeing the corruption and depravity of political “leaders” – we know that the end is near.
Those who aren’t Christians will probably respond by saying, “Yeah, we should be thankful for those things? Thankful for the end? Are you nuts?”
I’m thankful for what those things, appearing all at once, tell me is about to happen: the return of Jesus Christ for His Church (all true believers in Him) to remove us from this planet before the Great Tribulation begins. (That will be the deadliest time in all earth’s history – Matthew chapter 24.) We who are followers of Jesus will be reunited with those we loved who also believed in Jesus. And for us, the “living death” we have been experiencing up to this moment will end and eternal life will begin! If you can’t be thankful for that, either you’re not a follower of King Jesus or you haven’t yet realized how fantastic, how joyful, how exciting, how adventurous, life in the Kingdom of God will be!
“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the authority of the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words!” (1st Thessalonians 4:13-18)
“You [Lord] will show me the path of life. In Your presence is fullness of joy! At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore!” (Psalm 16:11)
“Don‘t let your hearts be troubled! You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms. If that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am!” (John 14:1-3)
I hope I’ll see you there! THAT will be the ultimate Thanksgiving Day, but we can do a pretty good foreshadowing of it here by keeping all these things in mind.
Happy Blessed Thanksgiving Everyone!