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Russ Young: Give thanks to God, not humans, this Thanksgiving

As if in prelude to all the diatribes against God that will be unleashed this Thanksgiving and Christmas season, one man's attempt to have "In God we trust," removed from our nation's coinage heralds in the season. No doubt his refrain, along wit...

As if in prelude to all the diatribes against God that will be unleashed this Thanksgiving and Christmas season, one man's attempt to have "In God we trust," removed from our nation's coinage heralds in the season. No doubt his refrain, along with that of the Anti Christian Lawyers Union, a.k.a. the ACLU, will get plenty of air time.

It is a sad state of affairs to have come to the point where all things involving the faith that was foundational to our nation are now under attack. Sadder still are those who cannot stand the thought of a supernatural being greater than themselves; wholly distinct from them and far greater in measure and power. Worse, in their minds, is the thought that they may actually be held accountable for their godlessness.

This past weekend, Duluth comedian Daren Streblow jestingly asked what an atheist hymn would sound like. His song in response went, "Who gives us reason to live? No one, no one."

Streblow's parody hones in on their hopeless reality, and what drives them to want to erase God, who alone gives true meaning to our existence, from all areas of life.

To borrow from a famous editorial: Michael Newdow, the man who is suing our government and his "little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds."

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Yes, Michael, there is a God.

No amount of unbelief can change that truth. God has been under attack for thousands of years, but no one or anything will, or can, prove God wrong. Conversely, those who try have an eternity of regret awaiting them.

Those who are afraid of the truth have become fond of saying that the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Indians at the first Thanksgiving. One of eight enormous paintings, however, contained within the gallery of the rotunda of our nation's Capitol building entitled "The Baptism of Pocahontas," proves them to be very wrong.

Despite revisionist historian's claims, most American's still know to whom the Pilgrims were ultimately giving thanks. Were the Pilgrims thankful for the hospitality and care of the Indians which enabled them to survive their first winter in the New World? There can be no doubt they were. But they also had no doubt as to who made such miraculous provision for their new found friends.

What other explanation can be given as to how the Pilgrims happened to stumble upon Squanto, an Indian who just happened to speak English and be out for a walk 150 miles from his home, if not by God? What are the mathematical probabilities that the Pilgrims would land at the right time to make their meeting happen? Recall, they were trying to land much further south.

The coincidences are too much to accept and believe it all came about by chance. But it is easy to believe in the hand of Providence, which made all these things work together. That is why Pocahontas was baptized -- because she, too, came to believe.

In one of the perverse ironies of the ages, the freedom wrought by the liberating theology of Christianity is now being used as the very instrument to destroy it. It is not coincidental that only historically Christianized nations enjoy all the freedoms we possess. If the Newdows and ACLUs of this nation succeed, these freedoms will be lost, condemning us to the tyranny of man-made law like so many other countries.

This Thanksgiving, my family and I will celebrate together. We will certainly give thanks for turkey, stuffing, pie, football, and even the sales, but mostly we give thanks to the God we can still freely worship.

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Russ Young, Christian, free-lance writer and a former pastor, may be reached at RussYoung@thelifeline.net .

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