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Thanksgiving Special: What to Apply from the Pilgrims and Puritans

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November 23, 2018 7:00 pm

Thanksgiving Special: What to Apply from the Pilgrims and Puritans

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November 23, 2018 7:00 pm

We hope you are having a meaningful Thanksgiving weekend, remembering and expressing gratitude to God for his many and undeserved blessings in your life and our country.

You may remember our interview last year with Dr. Stephen Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, and professor of historical theology, about “How The Reformation Changed Western Civilization.”

Dr. Nichols is going to join us this Thanksgiving weekend to discuss how the Reformation influenced the early American Pilgrims and Puritans and how these two groups were similar and different. He will also talk about how the Puritans’ pursuit of sanctification is something that should be emulated by Christians today.

We hope you join us for a LIVE program this Thanksgiving weekend on The Christian Worldview.


What you apply from the pilgrims in the Puritan desktop will discuss this Thanksgiving weekend right here on the Christian worldview radio program with the mission is to sharpen the biblical worldview of Christians and to share the good news that all people can be reconciled to God, repenting of their sin and putting your Jesus Christ is what he did on the cross and David wheat and the host of the program and our website is the Christian were will we hope you are having a meaningful Thanksgiving weekend remembering in expressing gratitude to God for his many and undeserved blessings in your life and in our country. You may remember our interview last year with Dr. Stephen Nichols. He's the president of Reformation Bible college, the chief academic officer for Ligon your ministries is a professor of historical theology. We talked last year about how the Reformation changed Western civilization last year was the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation back in 1517.

Dr. Nichols is going to join us today this Thanksgiving weekend on the Christian world you to discuss how the Reformation influenced the early American Pilgrims and Puritans, and how those two groups are similar and different.

We also to talk about how the Puritans pursuit of sanctification is something that is should be emulated by Christians today so hope you enjoy this special edition of this Thanksgiving special I should say about what to apply from the Pilgrims and Puritans, and how relevant this is for Christians today. Not just a couple little background on the Pilgrims and Puritans because God I don't immerse myself. Maybe I should Moran in early American history so seems like every year we come around the Thanksgiving and who was that what was the difference between the Puritans and pilgrims again and who are your leaders and where they come from and so if things go to get a little refresher on who they are sadistic, quick search on Wikipedia gives a little short little background on who they were it says this in the early 17th century, thousands of English Puritans settled in North America, many in New England Puritans were generally members of the Church of England, who believe that the Church of England was insufficiently reformed from the times of the doctrines of the Reformation retaining too much of its Roman Catholic doctrinal roots and who therefore opposed Royal ecclesiastical policy after the Puritans opposed this hierarchy of the have been that have been influence in the Church of England under Elizabeth I of England. James I and and Charles I day most Puritans were quote non-separating Puritans, meaning that they did not advocate setting up separate can't congregations distinct from the Church of England but a small minority of Puritans were separating Puritans who advocated setting up congregations outside the Church of England the pig the pilgrims.

That's the name of that group will be talking of them today were Puritans, but they were a separatist group and they established the Plymouth colony in 1620, non-separating Puritans, the ones that weren't active outside the Church of England but try to purify from within played leading roles when they came to America in establishing the masses to Massachusetts Bay colony in 1629, the Saybrook colony the Connecticut colony the New Haven colony and others. Most Puritans who migrated to North America came in the decade of 1630 to 1640 in what is known as the great migration so to summarize, Pilgrims and Puritans are all Puritans the pilgrims that came over and talk about just a minute were the ones who want to separate from the Church of England because they didn't feel like it could be purified.

They wanted to they wanted to get away from that hierarchal authority that was some of the influence of the Roman Catholic Church which dominated Europe until the Reformation happen and then there was the great schism in Christianity between Roman Catholic Church were stayed.

I kept all the doctrines and practices they had for millennia and then the separation was the Protestants.

The protesters of their of the Reformation. People like Calvin and Luther in John Knox and Zwingli and many others, and so these Puritans whether Puritans or pilgrims were directly descendents of those those products of people that view the Reformation influenced greatly by it, and they brought it to America and they are the ones that influenced our country and started our country down a certain track that we still feel this many almost 400 years later now than when the. The pilgrims first came to America in about 1620.

Now I was watching this past Ashley last night PBS had a special win one of the programs called the American experience on the pilgrims and it was very very good and you PBS can be a little on the liberal side of course, but washed about two thirds of this to our special.

I would recommend it to you. It is, of course, there's few comments here and there with a little bit of a bias, but overall I think that they played a pretty straight list what I've seen so far and it really gives a insightful look at who these these Puritans.

These pilgrims are led by William Bradford who came over to the New World and what it was like and so I like to play some of the opening of that particular program on the pilgrims visit will give you a sense of who they are and just the unbelievably history making journey that they met that they made and the difficulty of it and what it would become. And really what they believed and why they did this here from the American experience on the pilgrims. Summer was fading fast in the window for attempting the long and dangerous ocean crossing had already started to close when on September 6, 1620 and agent 180 ton ship called the Mayflower, weighed anchor of Plymouth of the south coast of England and set out on her own across the North Atlantic on what would prove to be one of the most historic voyages of the millennium, reminding us out the time they were very slow texting people and still found retrospective lust safety want to be critical just as the links I sent Bible trunks full nationstate into something that resembles what they take to being a kingdom by what you would expect the founding: they want soldiers.

They will in the service of a foreign government. They will typically will provide supplies at least half a separatist status to save radical students who were religious sects had been living in the Leiden production public. They will people he would automatically expect to be found a new outpost of the British Empire. They were in many ways the least likely of task for establishing a permanent English presence in the New World. Fewer than 50 of the 102 passengers were adult.

Many will pass the physical product at least 30 nearly 20 including three expectant mothers. By the time they set sail. England had still not succeeded in establishing a truly viable colony on the shores of the other chances of survival, let alone success were old cadets in the American experience of just watching that special.

This was a crazy journey that stood very little chance of of succeeding in people are just dying left and right, and only on the Mayflower. But when they got here, but in previous forays of different groups who would come here. People couldn't get a foothold and it was just you can imagine today because we fly over here in a plane and land is hotels.

There is nothing was wilderness in an American Indians here and just completely difficult. It's hard even imagine no shelter or nothing way to go down the store and get food to me are going into the wilderness, and your chances of survival are very very low.

As of the pilgrims had gone from the live Northwest. This particular group live Northwest make 150 miles or something like that of London.

The probably a small area in England. They left there because they could feel persecution coming people being imprisoned for the types of beliefs they had.

And so they they they had to flee England and they had was hard to get out of England because of the fact that the king didn't know what wanted complete control over everything and so they had to cut a sneak out of England to go practice her faith in the more free country. The time which is Holland with the Holland that lived there for about 10 years worked there and then they nurse their children started to become more Dutch and they don't want that they wanted to be English. Then they started to have the idea of going to this this New World except no one had gone there really before and this is a crazy journey as you hear that sound by late in the year was a small group. As I said this is an extreme. People most English people were well rid of the didn't care about the myth that there are, as he said crazy nutters or religious nutters, not nut cases. But they founded the world greatest democracy. They read the Bible literally, they they took it as I believe biblical born-again Christians. They read that way now William Bradford was one of the leaders in the that became the governor of that colony and he he had a very unusual background and he awoke on all the details, but he grew up he had so much death in his life is both his parents died before he was probably 10 or 12 years old. Everyone in his family was dying to be raised by an uncle. And here's a little glimpse into William Bradford's background who would write the book from Plymouth County Plymouth plantation and tell us about what was life like at that time when he was well again. He went with a friend to All Saints church in February.

Miles away to hear the illuminating ministry of a forward thinking Puritan preacher named Richard Clifton on not long after he found his way down low commonly to the home of William Brewster, the warmhearted Cambridge educated Postmaster and bailiff screwy manner where he came to feel he had found a spiritual home and were each week a private congregation gathered to hear Richard Clifton and another charismatic minister named John Robinson preach on the need to purify worship of everything worldly of anything not contained in Scripture will sense of faithfulness to Scripture's house event they want to go right back to the roots and strip away all the human creations is coming to the wash up on the life of the church to primitive parenting is no accident that the knowledge movement from which the separatist chemical Puritans by the opponents because that's what they were campaigning for greater purity great faithfulness to what they believe they read in Scripture. So that was William Bradford's background and that's what shaped him the preaching from the pulpit of these these these preachers who have been influenced by the Reformation. It was Scripture alone.

It was the soulless Scripture alone, grace alone, faith alone in Christ alone for God's glory alone. This is what shapes the worldview of these people who came over to America and started the country that we live in right now. After this break will come back will hear from Dr. Steven Nichols, the president of Reformation Bible college more about the worldview of these pilgrims as they came over to the New World. This is the Christian world view on David.

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You can just go on the weather get an Amazon prime or PBS app. I'm sure you can search for them. You find on the Internet on YouTube or something in this encourage you to watch it'll give you much, much greater insight into who these pilgrims were and just what they went through to found this country and, importantly, what they believed that that brought them over here but this week I spoke with Dr. Steven Nichols, the president of Reformation Bible College and the chief academic officer for licking your ministries also professor of historical theology.

We talked actually about the main point of the interview with the talk about the state of theology survey that Ligon near does every couple years and we did that for part of the interview that we got a little bit into Thanksgiving and it began to be a follow-up question follow-up question very interesting sorghum air. The state of theology interview next week but this week the good news is we have Dr. Nichols for this to talk about Thanksgiving and the pilgrims let's get to the first segment of that interview, Steve.

It's great to have you back on the program. We had you on it was last year in 2017.

And so while were grateful you were able to take the time again to come on the Christian world you Dr. Sproul went home to be with the Lord last year. Believe was late last year about this time last year. December 14 Lester yes talk about a year later. Now looking back, what made Dr. RC Sproul, unique, and what you miss about them well threatening that you know first only what he held the police he held late in unique.

Also the way he held them with such conviction and was such a clear communicator but wanted when you boil it all down.

You know you he would say this problem is whether it in the culture or in the church we don't know who God is and of course we think of his classic book the holiness of God's classic sermon on Isaiah 6. Holy, holy, holy, and he really just spent his life helping the church helping anyone come to grips with who God is and of course that means who we are, in light of who God is and then that plaintiff's right to our need for our kind and loving Savior Christ. And so we thought that the good way to sum up what RC was about as far as missing him.

You know, I just miss him. He was a larger-than-life personality.

He probably thought like Calvin, but he lived like Luther and that was the closest I'll ever come to a real-life Martin Luther and it just someone with that large of a of a of a personality when they're gone missing and that we we we just miss him here, and justice presence here that Ligon near here at college. I can certainly imagine that's Dr. Steven Nichols as our guest today in the Christian world view as you mentioned about Dr. Sproul being known for the holiness of God. One of the special moments in my life was hearing him preach live on that passage of Isaiah 6 about holy, holy, holy, offering a very exalted high and holy view of God down in Birmingham Alabama that was just a really a meaningful moment so thanks for reminding us of that. Now I'm going to tap into your background and historical theology. Here is the word around the time of Thanksgiving were we celebrate America and its founding, and so forth that the last time you're in the program. I think I mentioned earlier that we talked about how the Reformation back in the early 1500s and that started in 1517, Martin Luther, how the Reformation changed Western civilization and that day you talked about the history even before the Reformation. The dark ages and what led up to the Reformation, but today I'd like to ask about what happened after the Reformation. Let's say think the Reformation last about 150 years will say from 1650 and its impact on early American history and who these Reformation influencers were the Puritans you you talked about before interview today.

The French Huguenots. This give us some history of that in the kind of influence. America had from the Reformation early on shore and tied into Thanksgiving here. We are coming into the giving to talk about that I talk about this a lot of the Puritan roots in America and we talk about New England colonial New England and we should that that the sort of fountain is great New England Puritans for the street.

American Christianity is a group of French Huguenots. Of course they were always on the ropes.

The Reformation never quite got established in France like it did in this Swiss city states or in the German regions or on the British Isles, but in France was always on the ropes and persecuted and these are the Huguenots will, in the 1560s, a group of these French knots made their way here to Florida and established what was called Fort Caroline along the St. Johns River and interestingly enough, became like 1562, 64, and here's think on June 30 1564. Ashley had a Thanksgiving day and I'm just give me the quote is brilliant. So this is the leader of the group said on the morrow about the break of day I commanded a trumpet to be founded, that being assembled we might give God thanks for favorable and happy arrival.

Then we sang a song of thanksgiving unto God beseeching him that would please him of his grace to continued his accustomed goodness towards us and goes on and not of course they're going to end up getting killed by this Spanish and the Catholics and the establishment of St. Augustine which is what everybody thinks of Florida, but this is 1564. This is here in Florida. These are French Huguenots and one of the first things they do once they get settled they have a service of Thanksgiving, just a beautiful moment and something for us to remember this week and talk about the Puritans as well. Some of the New England Puritans and how their influence was felt was so strong as well. The stronger group. Of course, their influence was much more long-lasting into now in the 1620s and a similar thing there. It was probably not. November was probably either late September early October 16, 23, but there was a Thanksgiving feast and we have record of it and we don't know everything that was eaten there. We know that ducks were eaten and geese were eaten. It does say other foul so there might very well have been a turkey don't know for sure, but the same thing there. And the idea is recognition that this is God's hand of blessing and that we owe him thanks and of course you know is this group of people get established there in New England. They bring a huge structure to America as a nation, and what will come up America as early as centuries and informative. And so this they established the first universities so they established course Harvard and Yale and Dartmouth and Princeton there involved course and the awakenings in the revivals but in addition to that of this group is contributing significantly to much of what is the texture and fiber of American culture so we we can't really understand talk about the founding fathers of America as being those of the time of the revolution.

But really, the founding fathers are these Puritans's original settlers of what were the distinctives of the Puritans beliefs was their worldview like and how is it different than the more celebrated more well-known. The pilgrims came over and had that first Thanksgiving to you Puritans do represent that more Reformation arm coming out of the British Isles. So Puritans is sort of an umbrella term you had Anglicans who were Puritans you had Congregationalists. They were called independence in in old England and New England are called Congregational majority of the of course, but you go over the old England. There were even early Baptist people like John Bunyan and I would be about Baptist persuasion to Puritans sort of an umbrella term.

The main group that came to America course was the Congregationalists in that particular view of church government but this is an emphasis on the sovereignty of God harder Puritan beliefs is really the heart of Reformation emphasis on the sovereignty of God. The emphasis on the validity and centrality of God's word, the doctrines of grace is understood within the Calvinistic framework so total depravity and unconditional election and limited atonement and irresistible grace and perseverance of the saints that was all part and parcel what they believed. The centrality of worship for all of life, so that whether you were in the church service and worshiping God or your chopping wood or you were trying to put in the field of crops into a field that had walks and you know you're you're making your way into this frontier that worship and so it's it's not just a religious view. It extends to their work and also to how they view their neighbor and so there really is a total theology here that is a full world and life view of these Puritans and the course, they were perfectly got the Salem witch trials so we got acknowledge their flaws.

These are simple, fallible people like we have sinful fallible people in the pages of Scripture. But there was a robust theology. There they were applying not just to their life in the church but to all of life that was very much Puritan light and love learning loved exploring God's world.

Early classes at Harvard required students to compose original poetry to think sometimes we have the diminished abuse of Puritans were better off to see the richness of the texture of culture is the Puritans bequeathed to us about the difference in the pilgrims okay Stephen Nichols will answer that question ran for the second break of the day here in the Christian world view a lot more coming up on this Thanksgiving special. Stay tuned.

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Your email and mailing address will never be shipped and you can unsubscribe at any time: one AAA 646-2233 or visit the Christian world.on behalf of the Christian worldview. We hope that you and your loved ones are having a meaningful Thanksgiving. I just a happy one. We like you have a joyful one but also a meaningful one as you think about the meaning of Thanksgiving and who these people were that founded this country and who were the pill pilgrims who were the pill Puritans. What did they believe and helping us get to that today is Dr. Stephen Nichols, the president of Reformation Bible college. Also the chief academic officer for Lincoln your ministries in the last segment he talked about Dr. RC Sproul, who founded leg and ear and who want to be with the Lord last year. That's why we had that part of the interview to to kick it off today but in listening to the opening segment about the pilgrims and what they believed in William Bradford and their their fidelity to Scripture and the influence that was on them from their the Reformation. And I just had the thought that you know if you don't know about or if you forget about your history and in this case American history and what this country was founded upon the principles and values that these people the Pilgrims and Puritans brought over from from England. If you don't know about that.

Forget about it like I think most people in America do not know about it. I could be much better at it. Like I said the beginning you would need a refresher is on what these people believe because if you don't know about you forget your history, your to morph into something else that's exactly what happened in our country today. People don't know about this or they don't care about it they don't think it's important. It is critically important.

The values in the principles and the beliefs upon which this country is founded because now we've lost that very few people understand what these pilgrims believed in and why it's important, and so we've drifted so far away from it or try to change that a little bit today in the program trying to get refreshed on who the Pilgrims and Puritans are Dr. Stephen Nichols is helping us do that before the end of the last break I would just asked him about the difference. The distinctions between the Puritans, which is the umbrella group and who the pilgrims were and how there was some similarities and differences. Let's get back to interview Dr. Stephen Nichols and how about the difference from the pilgrims yet and when fate was totally a business venture but was far more of a business venture that brought the pilgrims, then it was religious freedom and the desire to establish a truly religious culture free from the crown of the Puritans. It's not as stark as that. But there is that distinction between the two. Of course it's a couple generations later that the two colonies are going to merge and become one, but initially there is some of those distinctions. Dr. Stephen Nichols with us today on the Christian really getting into some of the Reformation impact here the Reformation on early American history.

Just one more question for you Steve has to do with one of the distinctives of the Puritans was there emphasis on personal sanctification personal holiness trying to become more like Christ.

Now Dr. John MacArthur was recently on the program and he was talking about the new Calvinism who embrace the doctrines of grace and Calvinism, and so forth.

But he said there there was a big missing doctrine that they deemphasized and that was the doctrine of sanctification. These are called to be holy as I am holy God says talk about how that the Puritans emphasized sanctification how that is to be pursued and if that truly is the case about the fact that that's been deemphasized and some of the more the newer groups that do believe in Calvinistic doctrines well higher regard for Dr. Carter and I think you're looking at someone who is not coming up on his 50th anniversary year next year from the pulpit of Grace Community Church and one who was involved as a grandfather alongside of you notice good friends RC in bringing about this report, resurgence the others sold when EF Hutton speaks, people listen to include John MacArthur talks we should looking because he keeps all the rhymes of the sun was part of it and now he has a great perspective to look at it.

So have a high respect for him high regard for his perspective on things. I think a lot of truth to what he saying you know you you can recover part of the Reformation and parts of being reformed without other parts and you do that to your peril and whether it's in the Puritans or the reformers or just simply being reformed yesterday campus on the gospel. There certainly emphasis on conversion and justification by faith alone, but there is also this emphasis that we are brought into the Christian life and we do a disservice to sever justification from sanctification or justification from the call to discipleship and think of Dr. MacArthur's book course gospel according to Jesus and what he was seeing. His clarion call for the church to take discipleship seriously come to the Puritans in one of the beauties of the Puritans of courses there you visible sainthood that as we are professing Christians who profess our faith in Christ. We need to live that out loud spy pursuing lies holiness. Of course were pure in that description Puritan not self-righteous, holier than thou people, but they were committed to this call that we are to live like Christians in the world and we are to live out our sainthood in the world and seek and strive to be obedient to God and follow God's commands and pursuit years we have to talk about the gospel we must talk about the gospel we must talk about ourselves as unworthy sinners in need of grace and justification by faith alone, but not talking about think dictation and were not talking about you see this in Paul's epistles right it's always, we have been saved so that now we can as Christians is that we can pursue holiness and pursue the Christian life. So again I I would definitely listen to the wisdom of Dr. MacArthur and pay attention to his observations.

He has a great perspective and it would be wise for us to listen to what he has to face people might be listening as they drive around the cars. It's a busy shopping day people are out and about on this holiday weekend and I will say someone's tune into the program is never tuned in before their trying to make sense of all is being discussed today about the Reformation in the Puritans in the pilgrims and so forth and sanctification.

Could you just describe what you mean by what is the gospel and how someone can be made right with God and why there is a necessity for us was a call for us to be right with God, that great?

Every clarity here so we begin with who God is. We begin with this idea that there is a creator and this creator has revealed himself in his word.

He has made himself known in his word and what we've learned as we look to his word is that we, his creatures were disobedient to the season of Thanksgiving will there's a text in Romans one that says we did not give him thanks. Instead we sort of turned against God and worshiped the creation rather than the creator. And that's our scent that's our sin before God with the sin of our first parent, Adam in the garden disregarded God's word disobeyed God, he plunged all of us into sin and the reality is, not only are we born a sinner but we sin, and when terminal back on God, God and his graciousness, sent his son, his only son, beloved son and Jesus, when he came in the incarnation was born of the Virgin Mary, Jesus did what we cannot do that. He kept the law.

He was perfectly obedient to his father but he also undid what we did do and so while he was perfect, infamous and obedient. He was condemned to the cross and died on the cross and what Scripture says about this event. This historical event was that this was God pouring out his wrath upon sin and to Jesus as our substitute in our place who died in our place and as this sinless, spotless lamb he took upon him. Our sin is so we can stand forgiven we can have our sins forgiven, we can approach this holy creator God that we are separated from all because of what Christ done for us through the gospel is very simple. God is holy. We are sinful we need a substitute and that substitute is Jesus Christ and were coming soon into the Christmas season here, and this is really the story of Christmas, Jesus came into this world to save us from our sin and the spotless lamb who can take away our sin to the gospel just point us to Christ and what he did for us on the cross called to respond to all you just said by the repenting of our sin and entrusting by faith in who Christ is and what he did for us on the cross so so thank you very much for explaining the gospel Steve Dr. Steven Nicholson has been with us today on the Christian world view I were so thankful for you Dr. Nichols and thank you for spending the time and explaining all a wide range of subjects today. We just wish all of God's best, and grace to you and your family this Thanksgiving and through the Christmas season. All very kind of you think. Thanks for having me on really enjoyed the time with you and happy Thanksgiving to you too.

Okay, that was Dr. Steven Nichols and the good news is more good news is he's going to be coming on next weekend as well on the Christian world you to talk about Lincoln years state of theology, worldview studies, they want to miss this part two with Dr. Steven Nicholson so appreciate the way he explained the gospel help anyone listening who is never repent and believe the gospel will consider that in turn to Christ for salvation more unchristian worldview. After this here's Mike Gendron feeling his DVD and apostasy will see how apostasy is the result of Satan's relentless attacks on the church will also looking for steps that characterize a churches drift into apostasy, then will look at the history of the church, a chronological development of the Roman Catholic religion and its drift into apostasy and lastly and most importantly, what are you and I to do in the midst of this great apostasy on the growing ecumenical movement DVD is titled Roman Catholicism's drift into apostasy contains two messages, you can order it for a donation of any amount to the Christian world. Normal retail is $15 plus that Christian world you.or or call one 846-2233 or write to Box 401, Excelsior, MN 55331. Social justice is the gospel issue.

This is become the mantra of many evangelicals rectifying perceived inequities of race, gender and sexuality, poverty, immigration, amongst others, is considered a top priority.

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How good intentions undermined justice in gospel. Also included in this revised 44 page booklet is a copy of the just-released statement on social justice in the gospel.

You can order the social justice booklet or donation of any amount to the Christian will go to the Christian worldview.or call one AAA 46 2233 or write to Box 401 Excelsior, MN 55331 final segment of the day here on the Christian world you radio program this Thanksgiving weekend were talking about what to apply from the pilgrims in the Puritans that we heard from Steven Nichols today from Lincoln here in Reformation Bible college about what they believe in the pursuit of sanctification that that this particular group was known for. They were striving to become like Christ. It just wasn't about quote getting saved.

Justification. But it was this intense of salvation. Salvation is in three tenses justification were declared righteous sanctification is a second 10 sets were God is making you more righteous while you live here and earth in the third tenses glorification when he will make you perfectly righteous in heaven. So the Puritans pursued hard after sanctification. That is something that is gravely missing from the evangelical church today is something we need to deeply consider and as we think about where this country is now and in the worldview divide in this country are red and columnists this week called Thanksgiving the national day of mourning is written by a man named Alan cell way. He's a 20-year-old Lakota Indian use a student writer and community organizer from the Navajo nation in a minute read a few paragraphs from his collar on his perspective on Thanksgiving and I think this perspective that he had is unfortunately shared by more and more people, especially in the left today in America that the Christian entry into this new world here was a net very negative thing. It was a genocidal entry into this country and was oppressive. You're going to be able to see the the Marxist overpressure versus the oh the oppressor versus the oppressed worldview and some of the paragraphs that he writes a startup by saying being a young native student in America during October to late November's complete mental exhaustion, this time of year, in particular society continuously pushes us into oppressive climates where we are gas lighted through a series of holidays that either reimagine history play on and exploit painful stereotypes or both Columbus Day dresses up the genocide of our people as quote civilizing us Halloween perpetuate the stereotypical Indian in the worst yet is Thanksgiving the most nationalized whitewashed version of history ever to happen to a marginalized group. Bear in mind we Native Americans were prohibited from practicing your own culture until just under 40 years ago but still schools take aspects of our culture and distort them for fun and offensive activities in the name of teaching quote history. These practices are extremely detrimental to native youth because it effectively teaches us that blatant racism against us is acceptable and allows a highly negative representation of our culture to be portrayed in the media. Natives are also exposed to mass amounts of racism during the first year of our Western educational journey in pre-k.

I was myself. The only native student enrolled was put into school plays, was given the role of the happy native boy bringing food to share with the pilgrims.

In reality, the actual history behind Thanksgiving day is dark and twisted this holiday can be sugarcoated as much as people like to justify colonial violence but note that is a painful annual reminder of our genocide in white supremacy. Two of the very foundations of this country alongside slavery.

Now it would be false enough for someone to believe that narrative. Of course there were there were atrocities done on both sides and so forth a bit to be false enough to believe that one-sided view of American history, but the fact that so many people, especially in academia today on the left go with this narrative, far more than they did in the past is very, very sad, not minute.

Compare that to a column written on got which talks about what should be the focus of Christians. On Thanksgiving I can read the whole thing but just a couple paragraphs before the end of the program says these pilgrims who were seeking religious freedom and opportunity in America, not genocide. By the way they were coming to kill all the Indians gave thanks to God for his provision for them and helping them find 20 acres of cleared land for the fact that there were no hostile Indians in that area for their newfound religious freedom and for God's provision of an interpreter to the Indians and Squanto another as they were coming to kill the Indians there coming for religious freedom to live here in peace with them along with the feasting and games involved involving the colonists and more than 80 friendly Indians who they were trying to kill just as a reminder to add to the feast by bringing wild turkeys and venison prayer sermons and songs of praise were important in this celebration. Three days were spent in feasting in prayer and now we can have you spent one day before we start thinking about Black Friday and going spending billions of dollars on material items scripturally we find things related to the issue of Thanksgiving nearly from cover to cover in the Bible. Individuals offered up sacrifices out of gratitude in the book of Genesis, the Israelites sang a song of Thanksgiving as they were delivered from Pharaoh's army.

After the crossing of the Red Sea. Later the Mosaic law set aside three times each year.

When the Israelites were together those of the three fees there about Thanksgiving to God. The book of Psalms is packed full of songs and Thanksgiving both for God's grace to the Israelite people as a whole through his mighty deeds as well as for his individual graces to each of us in the New Testament through repeated admonitions to give thanks to God.

Thanksgiving is to always be a part of our prayers. Some of the most remembered passages in the giving of thanks are as follows. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you or Philippians 46 be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God in first Timothy 21. Therefore, I exhort.

First of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men in the last paragraph says says this of all God's gifts.

The greatest one he has given to us for which we should be thankful is the gift of his son Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.

Jesus paid our debt of sin so holy and just judge could forgive us our sins and offer us give us eternal life as a free gift. This gift is available to those who will call on Christ to save them from their sin and simple but sincere faith. We like the pilgrims have a choice in life there always be those things that we can complain about the pilgrims had lost many loved ones but there were also be much to be thankful for. As our society becomes increasingly secular. The actual giving of thanks to God during our annual Thanksgiving holidays being overlooked, leaving only the feasting member is turkey day may God grant that we may find us. He may find is grateful every day for all of his gifts spiritual and material, God is good and every gift good gift comes from him. Thank you for listening today to this Thanksgiving special of the Christian world. We hope you have a meaningful Thanksgiving take some time to read the word. Thank God for all the good gifts that he has given us just as a program update our annual print letters coming out this week. You can view it online as well take advantage of the new element of the Christian review. The short takes also consider the Christian review store forgiving a meaningful gift this Christmas we do live in a changing and challenging world. Let's be thankful because Jesus Christ he is the same yesterday today and forever. We hope today's broadcast turned your heart toward God's word and sought to order a CD copy of today's program or sign up for our free weekly email or to find out how you can be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ go to our website the Christian, call us toll-free, one AAA 646-2233.

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