November 22, 2011

Giving Thanks


As we gather with family and friends to celebrate another Thanksgiving Day, I want you to think quietly for a moment about exactly what are you thankful for?

Are you thankful that the government now owns most of General Motors? I suppose if you work there, maybe you are. That is, if you're simply selfish and care less what affect it has on the country at large.

Are you thankful America's resources are woefully under-utilized?

Are you thankful that Gipson Guitar Manufacturing had to shut down because of paperwork?

Are you thankful that General Electric with staunch support of liberal politicians, was rewarded by tax loopholes that allowed them to pay zero taxes in 2010?

Are you thankful that the Dodd/Frank bill, written by two of the most crooked politicians in Washington D.C. is so complicated that small community banks are basically frozen?

Are you thankful that we just passed another milestone; $15,000,000,000,000.00 in debt that your grandchildren will have to pay?

Are you thankful that your tax dollars are going to businesses that cannot survive in the free market on their own?

While you bow your heads and smell Mom's turkey and dressing, do you thank the good Lord that government regulations have tripled in the last decade?

Obviously, this can go on indefinately. You probably came up with a few of your own already. But the point is made. None of these things come to mind when thanking our Savior on this day of gratitude. Nothing government can possibly do will ever rise in importance on a day such as this. No, this day is for thanking God for grace, redemption, family, health, the glory of life on earth, abundance and challenge. We praise His name and ask his forgiveness for we know we fall short of the Glory. Why? Because we know that no matter how hard we try, we could always do better.

You see? We instinctively know that we are intended to work hard, complain less and excell at our lives. This is what makes for a purpose-filled life. This is the root of Man's happiness. And this, my friends, is what the United States of America was founded on. Government should to all extent possible stay out of our lives, allow us to excell on our own to the Glory of God and our own personal satisfaction. The vast majority of what government does stands in our way rather than help us. Government comes between us and our God as we attempt to prove ourselves worthy of His grace and love.

On this Thanksgiving Day, please take a second to reflect on this, and to understand that to leave a government such as this to our children, is to steal their purpose, their excellence and their happiness. Let us this one year resolve to thank God for giving us fortitude; for we shall need plenty to dismantle this wretched evil thief of our God given right to self fulfillment.

May God Bless each and every one of you and your families. And may God Bless these United States of America in perpetuity.

by: Keith D. Rodebush

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