Portland Public Schools

Public schools in Portland, Oregon are teaching children that Thanksgiving is about genocide and racism. Mary Grabar reports, “Pity the poor child in Portland, Oregon schools. While many still think of Thanksgiving as a time to come together with family and friends to celebrate our multicultural heritage over a festive meal, eighth-graders in the Antifa epicenter have the notion drummed into them that Thanksgiving really is a celebration of the genocide of the Indians by greedy capitalist Europeans.”

We as Americans have a disheartening way of draining the meaning from holidays. Our culture has made Christmas and Easter totally secular.  July 4th is all about booze and loud noises, and we can no longer tell the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

For the offended ‘Woke’ folk to go after the few trace amounts of thankfulness left in the Thanksgiving holiday, is truly evil.

As Mary Grabar pointed out, what these children have had “drummed” into their heads is a lie. This is not enlightenment—it is darkness.  As Jesus warned us, “Beware that the light which is in you is not darkness.” (Luke 11:35)  This is especially egregious, because school is supposed to be about learning, not about lies. And teachers should care enough about children not to lie to them.

How and why should Christians defend Thanksgiving?  That we cannot immediately answer how and why, speaks to our present condition before God.  And, are we surprised that we can’t answer them?

The steady diet of ‘feel good’ sermons being preached in most churches, have not equipped us to push back against the tide of wickedness. We were caught flat-footed when marriage was destroyed and the death culture of abortion took the land.

The concept of Thanksgiving is very biblical: the word thanksgiving occurs 29 times in the Bible, and the concept of giving thanks is found in 93 additional verses.  Most of us know Psalm 100 by heart, especially verse 4: “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name!” So, it is small wonder those who serve the powers of darkness and who have plans for evil, hate the spirit of gratitude behind Thanksgiving.

There are epic reasons to defend Thanksgiving: The oxygen of freedom is gratitude. Any day that forces us to stop, take a deep breath and thank God, adds to our national lifespan. What the Socialism- promoting teachers in Portland, Oregon are doing, is sowing seeds to bring about an early death for America.

If there are such things as ‘big fat lies,’ this one is morbidly obese.  In fact, the origin of Thanksgiving is, in itself, the very rebuke all those teachers in Portland need.  Far from genocide and greed, Thanksgiving came to us out of the purest motivation possible.

Cheryl Magness wrote, “Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of the children’s song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” has historically received much of the credit for the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Pilgrim Hall, a museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, dedicated to preserving and passing down the history and stories of the Pilgrims, calls Hale the “godmother of Thanksgiving.”

Hale was an established poet and writer, when in 1837, she began writing a series of editorials advocating for a national Thanksgiving holiday. George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison had issued Thanksgiving proclamations in the early years of the nation, but after Madison’s 1799 proclamation, the practice had ceased.

As the Civil War approached and the nation became increasingly divided, Hale saw a national Thanksgiving observance as a means of bridging the divide. On September 28, 1863, just under three months after the Battle of Gettysburg, she wrote a letter to President Abraham Lincoln entreating him to call for a national celebration of Thanksgiving. On October 3rd of that year, he did so.

Thanksgiving Should Bridge Divides and Cultivate Unity

A review of Hale’s campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday is a good way to remember what Thanksgiving is about. In her writings, Hale emphasized our identity as Americans, our need for community, and our dependence on God — the very things we too often forget in our own observances.

In 1860, Hale wrote:

“Everything that contributes to bind us in one vast empire together, to quicken the sympathy that makes us feel, from the icy North to the sunny South, that we are one family, each a member of a great and free Nation, not merely the unit of a remote locality, is worthy of being cherished. We have sought to reawaken and increase this sympathy, believing that the fine filaments of the affections are stronger than laws to keep the Union of our States sacred in the hearts of our people… We believe our Thanksgiving Day, if fixed and perpetuated, will be a great and sanctifying promoter of this national spirit.”

To make something beautiful into something ugly, to exalt the vile above the sublime, seems to be the stock in trade of the modern Left, composed of American Communists bent on destroying this nation. They must not be allowed to get away with their lies…especially not their lies to children.

I say it as much with a fervent prayer as a greeting, HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!

 

 

 

 

 

YOUR CHILD WHO IS RUNNING FROM GOD

Satan is stealing young people who have been raised in strong Christian families.  I get letters that are gut-wrenching. They are from parents whose child has been blinded by the enemy. They write, “I am so confused and stunned. I don’t understand how this could have happened. They denounce God, and nothing I say gets through to them.”

This is a crushing heartache. Especially to the remnant who have kept their love for God fervent in this dark and evil time. What is going on?

Last night, the voice of the Lord came to me. This blog is the result of His message to me. He told me to comfort you. He told me about a miracle He holds in reserve for you and your child.

Proverbs 11:21 promises you this:

You can be very sure the evil man will not go unpunished forever. And you can also be very sure God will rescue the children of the godly.

God Himself will activate a rescue mission.   The seed of the righteous will be redeemed by an appointment with God.  He has set a time for His power to come upon them.

Here’s what you need to know right now:

This crisis happened because of Satan.   You can’t waste time punishing yourself or searching for a root cause for their rebellion. The reason it happened, despite your best efforts and a Christian upbringing, is not a mystery. This is the work of Satan. The Bible tells us that the god of this world has blinded these young ones. (2 Corinthians 4:4) The devil has stolen their faith and continues to shut out the light.

This is an important starting point. Realizing how this happened releases you from guilt, and allows you to fight back effectively.

David Wilkerson said, “It doesn’t do any good for a parent to try to look deeper for a reason behind it.  It’s all the work of Satan.  He wants to keep that child bound, confused, and in sin.  The problem goes way beyond counseling, preaching, or parenting strategies.  It’s going to take a miracle, plain and simple.”

What you have sown into them is greater than the power of the devil, and it will prevail. God has set a time for His power to come upon them.

Your child has been attacked unfairly. They will also be blessed ‘unfairly.’  When Jesus announced His ministry and read from Isaiah, He finished by declaring the year of God’s favor.  There is no way around it—favor is favoritism.  This is how God’s favor falls out: just as you have been unfairly attacked, so shall you be highly favored.  Your child will be impacted by that favor.

You and God are now partners in the salvation of your child.  We must take our stand in the Spirit. That is where this evil originates, and that is where it will be destroyed. Our battle is in the supernatural. It will demand a presence of God in your life such as you have never known. But it will be worth every sacrifice. You must believe that the manifest presence of Jesus will make Satan powerless against your loved one.

Remember our awesome God and hold up your child before Him.  Hold in your mind a picture of that child serving God.  Keep that portrait vivid in your spirit.

Yes, they often get worse when you start declaring a miracle, but don’t be fooled.  Remember how rebellious Saul of Tarsus was, right up to the moment of his violent conversion.  Trust in the inevitable and supernatural intervention of God.

Nehemiah 4:14: And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

Do not lose heart! These current conditions remind me of those that existed right before the Jesus Movement swept California and we saw the hardest cases in the youth culture saved and delivered.  They too had abandoned their parents’ faith.  They went into extreme immorality and showed no sign of turning back.  Then they encountered the power of God.

Lift up your eyes all around, and behold: They all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. –Isaiah 60:4

The greatest promise is Joel 2:28:

And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.

That is the promise of God for a worldwide harvest of souls, and I am convinced it is our children who will be the harvesters!