| Written by Andrew Wommack |
This Thanksgiving, I am proclaiming to the world that I am unapologetically thankful to God for this great nation of the United States of America.
Woke culture, cancel culture, and Critical Race Theory says America is “systemically racist.” I say just the opposite. America is systemically anti-racist.
Human nature is “systemically” racist, not only on the basis of ethnicity but on many levels. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Racism is not American or even black on white. To quote my good friend, E.W. Jackson, “It’s not the skin; it’s sin.” Sin knows no national boundaries nor is it limited to any one ethnic group.
When the American colonies sought their independence from Great Britain, there was not a nation on the earth that did not practice slavery. The whole world had fallen so far from what God intended us to be that slavery was universal. In fact, the king of England was part owner of the Royal African Company which trafficked slaves. George Washington and George Mason petitioned the king of England in the 1760s to end slavery but were denied.
When we declared independence, Thomas Jefferson’s original draft of the Declaration of Independence stated slavery was one of the reasons for our rebellion:
He (the king of England) has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither… determined to keep open a market where Men should be bought and sold… suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.
At that writing, the Revolutionary War had been underway for a year, and New York was under siege by the British. The very survival of the Revolution and our fledgling nation was at stake. It had been agreed that any stand against Great Britain had to have 100 percent support by all the colonies for any hope of victory. Eleven of the thirteen colonies were supportive of abolishing slavery, but South Carolina and Georgia refused to sign the declaration if the statements on slavery were included. Therefore, this anti-slavery clause was removed.
We can easily criticize this 245 years later with the hindsight of knowing all the damage slavery caused in this nation, but it’s hard to reject their reasoning at the time. The revolution and any chance for future freedom of slaves or anyone else in the colonies would have been extinguished before it had even gotten started if they could not come into agreement.
America is the only nation to be founded upon the proposition that “all men are created equal” and “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” This has never been carried out perfectly because people aren’t perfect. However, the seeds of anti-racism and freedom for all were sown through our Founding Fathers and began to grow.
In the body of Christ, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). This puts an end to ethnic prejudices, slavery, and gender discrimination for those who believe the truth of God’s Word. The body of Christ should reflect God’s love for all, and so should this nation, which was dedicated to Christian principles.
This Thanksgiving, think of all the good the Lord has done in and through this nation, and pray that this generation will take our place in this cultural war that is raging just as surely as our forefathers stood fast against the aggression of their day. Together, we are going to win this fight.
I hope this has stirred up your gratitude for our great nation. I’ve got more teaching that will help you know the true Gospel message as well as the true history of our nation on my website, awmi.net. Also, if you’re in need of prayer, I encourage you to call our trained prayer ministers at 719-635-1111 and have someone agree with you in prayer.
You are a blessing!