A look at the Manhattan Declaration and it's implications for Christianity

November 27, 2009

This Thanksgiving, there will be literally millions of people sitting down at card tables or undressed kitchen tables with family members looking over the bowls of soup or a TV dinner and saying a word of thanks.  "Thank you Oh God that the government hasn't taken away this table, my family of this bowl of soup."

Another family just down the road with a foreclosure sign on their lawn is too busy packing their few belongings to sit at an empty table with a bowl of beans or a peanut butter sandwich, but one pauses to sip some water from a bottle and says, "Thank you Lord for my mother-in-law who is taking us in while we regroup."

Then, around the corner is a couple who only child is serving in the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan waiting for reinforcements from a dithering commander-in-chief. The father lost his job after last Christmas and has already sent out over 700 resumes and applications during the year while his wife continues to work at a day care center for $8.50 and hour.  They are thankful that their son is still alive and that they have a left over box of Chicken-McNuggets from McDonald's the night before.

This, believe it or not, is real. Three families in my neighborhood of two streets and only 18 houses.  This also possibly resembles the neighborhoods of hundreds of thousands of people across the United States this Thanksgiving season.

How can anyone be thankful for this dreary situation? How can anyone say thanks for God for a government which spends money it doesn't have, takes things that doesn't belong to it, and creates programs that won't work to redistribute money to people who won't work?

The following chain-email seems to be doing the rounds quite a bit today. And I think it sums the situation up perfectly:

A message to the Administration:

The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775 - you’ve had 234 years to get it right; it’s broke.

Social Security was established in 1935 - you’ve had 74 years to get it right; it’s broke.

Fannie Mae was established in 1938 - you’ve had 71 years to get it right; it’s broke.

The “War on Poverty” started in 1964 - you’ve had 45 years to get it right. $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor”; it hasn’t worked and our entire country is broke.

Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 - you’ve had 44 years to get it right; they’re both broke.

Freddie Mac was established in 1970 - you’ve had 39 years to get it right; it’s broke.

Trillions of dollars were spent in the massive political payoffs called TARP, the “Stimulus,” the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009…. none show any signs of working, although ACORN appears to have found a new source: the American taxpayer.

And finally, to set a new record: “Cash for Clunkers” was established in 2009 and went broke in 2009! It took cars (that were the best some people could afford) and replaced them with high-priced and less-affordable cars, mostly Japanese. A good percentage of the profits went out of the country. And the American taxpayers take the hit for Congress’s generosity in burning three billion more of our dollars on failed experiments.

So, with a perfect 100% failure rate and a record that proves that “services” you shove down our throats are failing faster and deeper, you want Americans to believe you can be trusted with a government-run health care system-  20% of our entire economy???

With all due respect,  Are you crazy? Or do you think the American people are?

No, it appears that we are either left with giving thanks for what we have that hasn't been absorbed yet by the demands of our government, or we must cynically give thanks for the government that doesn't want us to have anything for which to be thankful.

Truth be told, the government does want us to be thankful this Thanksgiving season.  Thankful to it. Dependent on it. Calling upon it as if it has replaced the God who created heaven and earth.

Now here is where the proverbial rubber meets the road. For what are you thankful? At this juncture in our history, I believe that God is allowing certain disasters to happen to test our allegiance.  Will it be to the government which has never been successful in taking care of people or to God who has a perfect batting average when it comes to bringing His people through the touch times, including those times when the powers that be threaten us with lawsuits, imprisonment or even death if we thank God and not government.

On faith, I would urge my readers to rely on the One who never forsakes.  The alternative is to rely on the thing that have never come through.