By the “common sense” of Thanksgiving, I’m not referring to the ability to make sound judgments, or to practical savvy upstairs, or to practical suggestions for cooking a turkey or decorating for the Thanksgiving holiday. Rather, I am referring to an intuitive awareness or an instinctive knowledge that is common to all men. Therefore, when I speak of “the common sense of thanksgiving,” I am referring to that intuitive sense possessed by all men of the ethical propriety of giving thanks. All men in their heart-of-hearts instinctively recognize the appropriateness of expressing gratitude to another for benefits received.Bob then argues that thanksgiving confirms the existence of God, highlights a primary purpose for our existence, exposes our sin of ingratitude, and reveals our need for forgiveness and spiritual transformation. I highly recommend reading the article as you contemplate the importance of thanksgiving today. Perhaps you could even take a few minutes to discuss these points around the dinner table.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
The “Common Sense” of Thanksgiving by Bob Gonzales
The “Common Sense” of Thanksgiving. He begins the article thusly: