Searching For the True Meaning of Thanksgiving

Living as we do after the “Great Awokening,” it is no surprise that the godless media are especially eager to destroy the remaining traditional holidays of formerly Christian America.

As an example, a Jew working for the New York Times has written a piece called The Vicious Reality Behind the Thanksgiving Myth. The main argument of the author of the piece is that the common Thanksgiving narrative has been “whitewashed,” because the narrative presents the English pilgrims and the Indians coming together in harmony, rather than focusing on the racial struggle between the two groups.

In one sense the author is correct. The early history of America has been sanitized for modern tastes, but this process has in fact been anti-white. By presenting colonist-native harmony, the sanitized narrative has been used to psychologically disarm white Americans, suggesting that multiracial cooperation, rather than inter-racial struggle, has been at the heart of the American story.

We agree with the New York Times that America was founded on racial struggle, but we certainly do not condemn the whites who built this nation. Rather we celebrate them and we thank God that our white Christian people triumphed in this contest. (And any white American who disagrees with us should either move back to Europe or stand condemned of hypocrisy.)

And of course giving thanks to God is the main point of the holiday. Imitating the early colonists, we are to thank Him first of all for the great salvation purchased by Jesus at Calvary. Next we are to thank him for the temporal safety and provision that comes from His hand, which includes the blessings that come from living in a nation founded and built by white Christians.

While the early pilgrim celebration is the most prominent American precedent for our current holiday, holding festivals to offer thanks to God for the blessings of the harvest is an ancient practice. Of the divinely ordained Biblical feasts, it seems to me that the Feast of Tabernacles is the one that most closely resembles the American Thanksgiving, as it was “the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field” (Exodus 23:16). Interestingly this feast included the practice of dwelling in tabernacles (temporary structures made of sticks and leaves) . This practice was meant to recall the Exodus from Egypt. “Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 23:42-43). The Exodus and the wandering in the desert are a picture of man’s total dependence on God, and of our temporary status on the earth. This in turn ties into the title of “pilgrim.” Christians are pilgrims in this world because we know that our final home is with our Lord in eternal blessedness. Let us, therefore, recognize and thank God for our temporal blessings, but always keep firmly planted in our hearts and minds that all this will pass away and that our true joy is found elsewhere.


  1. Edward Budny

    John16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

    Kay Ness:

    We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
    He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
    The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing;
    Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
    Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
    Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
    So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
    Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
    We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
    And pray that Thou still our Defender will be;
    Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
    Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

    Edward Budny:

    “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than homes. No Americans have been more impoverished than these, who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” — H.U. Westermayer

    5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

    6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

    JS Lowther:

    Thanks-giving a festival of Ingathering?

    I hope everyone enjoys the time that our American fathers set aside to observe the day and time they called Thanks-giving, while Thanksgiving has become just another American ode to self by glut and turkey sacrifice, it was not always that way…yes, the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of turkeys nationwide, beyond biblical proportions!

    But our Christian fathers did indeed try their best to honor God by this observance even after the Revolution.

    We are Feast keepers, meaning we only celebrate biblical holydays (strictly speaking), so our family keeps ‘Thanksgiving’ during the ‘Feast of Ingathering” AKA “the Feast of Tabernacles”, which was last week, but I do nevertheless respect the ignorant intentions of those who came before me who didn’t know to keep the feasts according to scripture. The reason the pre-Revolution Christians kept this festival at the time they chose was for the same intrinsic reason the bible lists concerning ‘the feast of Ingathering”… when you gather in from the field the fruit of your labor. Ex 34:16

  2. Tim Folke

    We recently had our Tabernacles Feast in our area, and I agree with the author’s observation that this feast most closely resembles Thanksgiving.

    Even in these dark days our folk have much to be thankful for!

    1. JS Lowther

      Greetings Tim,
      I saw you post here and wanted to reach out…we also keep the feast of Ingathering / Tabernacles a month later than the conventional jewish observation, we do so because we start our year agriculturally according to Deuteronomy 16:1 and in our zone that starts Abib around ‘april-may’. Any interest in worshiping together, let us know

  3. Sandra B.

    Thank you for this, Clement. The parting reminder that we are but pilgrims on this earth is especially helpful; it’s easy to lose sight of this truth sometimes. May our Lord bless and keep you and your family.

  4. JS Lowther

    Great thoughts, so glad I saw it!
    European-Americans need to consider that our strength is found in Christ, with out his Grace and Law our strength vanishes away.

    semper reformonda

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