Thanksgiving That Defies All Human Logic
Thanksgiving That Defies All Human Logic by: Bill Heid – Off the Grid News
TDC Note – Hoping everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving and spent some quality time with friends and family. It is my second most favorite holiday of all, right behind Independence Day.
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, / It is well, it is well with my soul.
—Horatio Spafford, “It Is Well With My Soul” (1873)
This is God’s universal purpose for all Christian suffering: more contentment in God and less satisfaction in self and the world.
—John Piper, Desiring God(1996)
So Much Stuff
A family of four looks at a messy and cluttered room and they say together out loud, “What are we going to do with all this stuff?” So, they head off to the big box store and buy all sorts of plastic tubs, dividers, and organizers. Once they’ve packed everything neatly away and out of sight, they look at the now empty room and say, “Hey, this room sure seems empty!” And off they go to the store again to get more stuff.
This was the gist of an old (1991) Rubbermaid commercial. That Rubbermaid ran an ad with a theme like this is interesting. The fact that it was successful suggests we don’t know when to stop accumulating “stuff”. The commercial, I suppose, tells the story of American consumerism quite nicely.
But here’s another thought: Let’s remember that our culture ultimately ends up reflecting what we collectively hold highest and “worship most”. This, for good or bad, leads us back to the Church. And since most readers are in America, let’s talk about the American church as a whole. My premise… the Church and its liturgy… in a very real sense… has historically set the tone for the rest of culture.
I’m reflecting Henry Van Til’s concept that culture is simply religion externalized.