Sunday, November 27, 2011

OBAMA: No God in Thanksgiving Speech


President Obama did not include any reference to God during his weekly address titled, “On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women Who Defend Our Country.” Does that surprise anyone? He has taken or is trying to take God out of everything else. 
His remarks were empty and void of any religious references to our Savior, although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks and praise to God for the bounty that He has bestowed on this country. Instead Obama  said his family was “reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are.”
For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and look back on how blessed and thankful we are as a nation.Obama said the “most American of blessings” is the “chance to determine our own destiny.” So where does God fit unto this? He called the very first Thanksgiving a “celebration of community”, when in fact according to every history book that I ever read it was a day of thanksgiving and thanking God for the blessings that he bestowed on them. 
Obama went on to say: “We’re also grateful for the Americans who are taking time out of their holiday to serve in soup kitchens and shelters, making sure their neighbors have a hot meal and a place to stay,” he said. “This sense of mutual responsibility – the idea that I am my brother’s keeper; that I am my sister’s keeper – has always been a part of what makes our country special.” The president said that belief is “one of the reasons the Thanksgiving tradition has endured.” But nowhere in the 11-paragraph address does he mention the Almighty God.
Instead, he references the Civil War, two World Wars, and the Great Depression – noting that “Americans drew strength from each other.” The fact is most Americans together have always drew strength from almighty God and were always thankful to Him for our nation and His many blessings on it, however I guess Obama does not see it that way!
 Look at the difference, President Abraham Lincoln said the nation drew its strength from God. He declared as much in his 1863 Thanksgiving Day proclamation:

  • “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.   And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”
Boy what a contrast and difference between the two men. Obama told the nation in his address that if they support each other and look out for each other, “and remember that we’re all in this together, then I know that we too will overcome the challenges of our time.” When in fact the only way to overcome the challenges that face this nation is to turn from what is happening now and turn to God. All else will fail. But first we must have a leader that will point the country in that direction and as we can see by this speech, Obama is not that one.
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