This is day before Thanksgiving Day. Whenever we approach a big holiday, I wonder what I should post. Often I give up and don’t bother. Since I can think of nothing new to add, what would be the point? This morning, however, I read these words.
Certain truths should simply be left untouched and honored. Like a good wine, some concepts get better with age. They have stood the test of time. They have been defended by reason. They have been confirmed by revelation. They have been validated by experience. Some ideas have been so vigorously vetted and well stated that they should be left unedited and approached with humility and respect. Some things should just be conserved and not changed.Conserving Thanksgiving (washingtontimes.com)
I suppose this is why so many just quote what those who went before us have already said so well. We need to remind ourselves and each other of the lessons we have received from the past.
Nevertheless, I still think each generation has something new to add. What can our generation add? What mistakes and grievous sins have we been punished for and learned hard lessons from? It seems we have lost a reverence for the truth. Now we are learning the cost of living immersed in a sea of lies.
Consider how this article begins.
When the Soviet Union existed — 1917 to 1991 — its hapless citizens resorted to dark humor in the face of constant lies.
Open defiance could land them in the Siberian gulag or a KGB torture chamber in a dank basement near the Kremlin. So they learned to joke among themselves about absurd government claims, such as Pravda insisting that the economy was surging and the collective farms overflowing with food.
Here are a couple of typical Soviet jests:
Q: How does every Russian joke start?Continued => Laughing at all of the Democrats’ lies (washingtontimes.com)
A: By looking over your shoulder.
Life in a totalitarian state is grim. So, the humor is dark. Because a joke must point to the truth in order to be funny, even telling a joke entails risk. In order to rule, tyrants must suppress the truth. Otherwise, with one accord We the People will rise up and hang the tyrant on the nearest lamppost.
So, what does the truth have to do with this Thanksgiving Day? We are at the brink. For too long we have neglected to pass onto our children the truths that past generations fought and died to proclaim and live by. So now, like Russian peasants, we have begun to make fun of the endless lies told by our lords and masters. The jokes are funny, and we do well to enjoy and repeat them. However, we must each begin teaching our children the truths that pass generations fought and died for, and Thanksgiving Day would be a good day to begin.
The Bible speaks often of giving Thanks and calls for Thanksgiving appear in the Psalms. Here is a favorite example.
What truths should we begin with when we begin teaching our children the truths that pass generations fought and died for? These are found in the Bible. One of these truths is that we should always rejoice in the Lord and give Him our Thanks.