Posted by Gary on November 17, 2012
Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…”
Psalm 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
In 2009 I wrote comparing President Obama’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation from that year with President Lincoln’s from 1863. Then and now, God’s people can only lament the heights we have fallen from as a nation in terms of our national reverence for God and it seems in 2012, that we have chosen only more Godlessness in our political leaders.
Today at our church Thanksgiving dinner we read President Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation from 1789. It struck me as you will read in a moment, that President Washington reveals that both Houses of Congress requested him to recommend to the people of America a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed to, “Almighty God”.
Both houses of Congress in our day and our President are doing their level best to make sure that Almighty God is not only ignored, but disobeyed without regard. In comparison, President Washington calls on Americans to ask for forgiveness for our “national and other transgressions”. The only sin America believes exists anymore is telling others they have sinned.
Excuse me, but did President Washington say that we should pray that Americans whether in “public” or “private” stations would promote “the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue…”. “Public stations? You mean like those in political office? Would this not be a violation of the Separation of Church and State?
The leaders of our nation are not leading us to God, but away from Him and we seem in the main glad to follow their lead. Without genuine repentance and living faith in Jesus Christ, America is doomed.
God, forgive us. We have plunged from the heights you established our nation upon. We are a people who honor you with our lips while our hearts are far from you (Matthew 15:8). We love what you hate and hate what you love. Have mercy, and turn us to you again. May truth-filled, heartfelt proclamations like this one flow from our President’s pens again…
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
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– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
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