June 25, 2017 Matt Pennock

To Build a Christian Nation – George Washington’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

George Washington’s Proclamation of giving thanks to God

To Build a Christian Nation is a series of posts in which I will be researching history with the intent of illustrating the words and attitudes of those who tilled the soil and planted the seeds of the United States of America. To know what a religion, ideology, nation, household, tribe, or kingdom is really about, you go to the leaders who started it. It’s that simple. The founders and framers created in deed but also in name the United States of America. We still bear that same name. The day that we cease to be what the Founders put down in writing is the day that we cease to be that United States of America. Today’s “progressivism” which has been fueled by Marxist ideology and the infamous Frankfurt School and its Critical Theory which sprung up in America in 1934 is an attempt to overthrow the Founder’s United States of America with the notion that truth is created in the mind and scientific verification has no bearing on it. Therefore, “question everything.”

And so America is under attack like never before. This is what has spawned hyper-extroverted conservative figures like Alex Jones and other conservative movements and made them so popular. It is why you so often hear from the right, that “America is under attack” or “they want to destroy America”. It initially sounds like a knee-jerk reaction but the reality is, it is actually quit true. I think it should be evident by now.

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For the inaugural post in this series we start with George Washington’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. George Washington…that guy on the face of every single dollar bill. He was a wise sage of a man as well as a general who was highly respected by his military men. Yes, he’s on our side. Notice that Congress had asked him to do this. What does that tell you about the Congress at that time?

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 to 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 thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness”:

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, 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; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go. Washington

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