Chuck Norris Reminds Us Of A Time When Congress Named The Name Of Christ In Its Thanksgiving Proclamation
There was a time when God, Christ, Thanksgiving, and Congress were unquestionably linked.
Chuck Norris reminds of this in his World Net Daily column on an official prayer by the Continental Congress of the 13 original American colonies in the midst of the Revolutionary War.
Phrases of thankfulness such as "it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received" seem foreign to our government now.
The succinct, 376-word thanksgiving proclamation covers topics you could not expect today:
1. Praise and gratitude toward God.
2. Prayer for success in war and the defense of individual liberties.
3. Dedication of service to God.
4. Prayer for forgiveness of sin and acknowledgement of Jesus Christ's divine power.
5. A request for blessings on the government and leaders.
6. Prayer for peace, independence, prosperous tradesman, and hard-working husbands in the U.S.
7. Acknowledgement that the purpose of schools and seminaries is to cultivate "the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety" in the sight of God.
8. Prayer for religion to prosper and advance the Kingdom of God “in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Chuck wishes' our present day government would repeat this prayer, but in contrast, President Obama's 2015 Thanksgiving Day proclamation only mentions God twice — first in a quote by Washington and second in a quote by Lincoln — and spends far more time talking about the American indians who helped the Pilgrims than our Heavenly Father who made our country possible.
Read the full Nov. 1, 1777 Continental Congress prayer below:
FORASMUCH as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable bounties of his common Providence, but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary war, for the defense and establishment of our unalienable rights and liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased in so great a measure to prosper the means used for the support of our troops and to crown our arms with most signal success: It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their Divine Benefactor; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please GOD, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that it may please him graciously to afford his blessing on the governments of these States respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole; to inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments, under the Providence of Almighty GOD, to secure for these United States the greatest of all human blessings, INDEPENDENCE and PEACE; That it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the labor of the husbandman, that our land may yet yield its Increase; to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing Hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that Kingdom which consisteth “in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost.”