In Thanks to Our Generic American God
Thanksgiving is an easy holiday. We are not required to find gifts for family. We are merely called upon to make a big meal, eat too much and watch football. It's a classic holiday in the Roman tradition of feasting and kicking back.
Abraham Lincoln, in setting up this great American Holiday, wrote:
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.Prior to Lincoln, we have none other than George Washington, declaring nobly:
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.It is a unique and awkward God we serve here in these States United*. This "Being." This "Author." This "Providence." He is a nameless god, lest he give offense. And that is how it should be. We are not allowed as a collective people in this country (since we welcome all faiths to our shores) to recognize a particular deity (or His Son). And we therefore cannot, and will never be, a Christian Nation.
May the Generic American God bless you all.
* American Christians: you pray to a more specific God, one whose interest in this country has very little to do with your precious documents of Liberty and Freedom. I don't mean to offend you, but you need to get your facts straight. Quit praying for the United States in your own self interest. And quit calling this country "the greatest country God ever established on this green earth." Read your Bibles. You don't matter. And may God have mercy on you for being so arrogant as to think you do.