Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mr. President: How Could You?

I'm not a political person and I rarely comment on politics but I'll make an exception. I must say I am very disappointed in President Obama for neglecting to thank God in his Thanksgiving address to the nation this year. Apparently in past years, he has mentioned God but not this year. I'm puzzled by that, as are others.
Why? I can't imagine why. President Obama is a believer in God. He has mentioned his belief in God many times and I've heard him say after addresses to the nation, "God bless America." So why leave out God on an important holiday when the majority of Americans are giving thanks for blessings. And of all times in history. I can't think of a time when it would be more important to give thanks and also to ask for God's continued blessings on our country. The majority of Americans believe in God and profess their faith, in one way or another. Only a very small percentage are non-believers.
"To those who are given much, much is expected." The founding fathers of our country were men of faith, deep faith. George Washington, the first president was often seen on his knees praying especially before an important battle. As the general of the Armies, he was not afraid to let it be known that he relied on strength, courage and help from God.
Since Thanksgiving became a recognized holiday in this country people have given thanks for bountiful harvests, for family, for our abundant natural resources, the beauty of nature that exists in our country, for innovation and creativity and for religious freedoms, as well as the other freedoms we enjoy. God is always part of that equation for believers. So what happened, Mr. President? How is it that at this crucial time in history, with economic uncertainty and other ills that we face, that you didn't mention God.

George Washington made the following proclamation on Oct. 3rd, 1789-
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for his benefits and humbly implore his protection and favor and whereas both Houses of Congress, have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanks and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God.......I do recommend Thursday the 26th day of November to be devoted by the people of these states to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be..................."