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Thursday, November 26, 2009
Today we celebrate Thanksgiving which is my favorite Holiday. We gather around tables of food with family and friends and recall the tremendous blessings that God has freely bestowed upon us and our country. It is a tradition that most Americans are proud to acknowledge and one that most Americans are willing to celebrate its true meaning. It is a holiday not encumbered with as much marketing and commercialism as most others.
Although our secular and progressive friends would love to eliminate the Christian historical relevance from the holiday, there really is no way to divorce the spiritual aspect from the celebration of Thanksgiving
The Pilgrims came to America to form a separate community in which they could worship God as they saw fit and to flee from the persecution of the King.
During the journey here, the Mayflower Compact was written by William Bradford and the other elders. It was an arduous two-month journey. The compact was designed in 1620 to establish just and equal laws for all members of the community whether they were believers or non-believers. The inspiration for the Compact came from the Bible.
When the Pilgrims arrived in what is now America, it was a desolate, barren land with no greeting parties, stores, shelters or anything else. About half of them died during the first winter including Bradford’s wife. But as spring arrived things only slightly improved. There remained many problems in the community and based on Bradford's own journal, he described the reason for these problems as being an early form of socialism. The community was set up where everything that was produced was to go into a common store and each member of the community was entitled to one common share. Everything that was done, whether it be building houses, clearing land, harvesting crops etc., all belonged to the community. Bradford was the acting governor and he soon recognized the inherent problem with this collectivist system.
Bradford wrote in his journal the following; "The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years ... that by taking away property, and bringing community into common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing – as if they were wiser than God,". He followed this with "For this community [so far as it was] was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children without any recompense ... that was thought injustice." Property: William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 120--21
After recognizing the inherent problem with this socialist system, Bradford assigned plots of land to each family which they could work and manage on their own and reap the rewards from their individual hard work. The results and turnaround were tremendous. This community recognized early that people did not want to work without incentive and rewards. It was motivational to the individuals and the families and it was certainly more biblically based and honoring to their Creator.
Here is how Bradford describe this in his journal; "This had very good success."
So on this Thanksgiving Day, let’s give thanks to our Creator who has given us the greatest opportunities in the greatest country to thrive, prosper and honor Him.