If you know about our Christian Heritage, you’ll already know that it’s okay to celebrate Thanksgiving Day! Let’s keep our eyes on God’s Providential Hand and His timing in History (His Story)! There is much to be thankful for in memory of these people in our history and for God’s goodness!
Why It’s Okay to Celebrate the American Thanksgiving Day
As we’ve studied the Protestant Reformation and learned about the Pilgrim Separatists, we’ve come to see God’s Providential Hand and to appreciate the sacrifices they made.
The Pilgrim had accepted individual reformation as he had individual salvation. He felt the urgency of reformation “without tarrying for any”. He was willing to separate from the Church of England for he regarded this “ecclesiastico-politcal institution” as incompatible with the New Testament church of Christ.
-Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History, ©1965 Rosalie J. Slater, p. 177
Tracing the movement from an undefined beginning, he tells us that ‘by the travail and diligence of some godly and zealous preachers, as in other places of the land, so in the north parts, many became enlightened by the word of God, and had their ignorance and sins discovered by the word of God’s grace, and began to reform their lives and make conscience of their ways.’ In other words, they began to be conscientious in all things, and were earnest to know the will of God that they might obey it.
-The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America, ©1966 Verna M. Hall, p. 24
The takeaway here is that Christ was doing a work in these individuals. How powerful for us to recognize and accept individual reformation because we have individual salvation! Were it not for this work being done in these people, would they have then been moved by God to leave England? Thankfully they did journey to Holland and learned Biblical Principles from Pastor Robinson. Thankfully they were moved to leave Holland, after eleven years, to come to the New World.
Why did they arrive in New England?
They came to New England for liberty of conscience– and because “they had a great hope and inward zeall” for “ye propagating and advancing ye gospell of ye kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of ye world”.
-Teaching and Learning American’s Christian History, ©1965 Rosalie J. Slater, p. 178
Yes! They viewed themselves as missionaries, spreading the Gospel of Christ. They helped to establish the beginnings of our Christian Republic.
Are you ashamed of the Gospel of Christ? Are you ashamed of the lives of people before us who, while not perfect human beings, gave of themselves having, “Undertaken for the glory of God, for the advance of the Christian faith, and for the honor of their king and country.”?
As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, let’s joyfully give God the recognition and glory for all He has done! Let’s give thanks to Him for using imperfect people throughout History! Let’s be thankful that the Gospel continued to spread Westward and didn’t stop with the Apostle Paul’s missionary journeys.
We serve a mighty God!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, please enjoy:
Moving Westward: A Pilgrim Trivia game for Thanksgiving Day
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Happy Thanksgiving Day to You and Yours!