Montgomery County Maryland has recently taken the action to remove all religious names from the school calendar. They will still have days off, but they can’t call them Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, etc. But I wonder what you do with Thanksgiving? What do you call it “The 4th Thursday of November Just Because”? Play with that one! Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. goes back to the Pilgrims in 1621, to George Washington’s declaration in 1789, Abraham Lincoln’s order in 1863, and finally fixing the date of the 4th Thursday in November by Congress and President Roosevelt in 1941. There is no way to remove the implication of this day that we are giving thanks to Almighty God. In our increasingly secular society it has become a day for family, food, and football, but at our gatherings we do usually ask the question, what are we thankful for? We certainly list our relationships, and our material blessings. But the more important question is always, to whom are we thankful? To whom? – the President, the Montgomery County Council, general good fortune, who? This day flies in the face of the militant secularists who would remove all religion from society. I hope you have a very enjoyable and blessed day. Have fun, eat too much, but never forget to whom we give thanks.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.(I Thessalonians 5:18)