Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving with a farm family and the barnyard pigs


Following The Great Flood God promised that "seed
time and harvest" would continue. That is primarily
interrupted by sinful human selfishness; wars and
continued terrorism, being prime examples.

Here, in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a day designated by government to be honored. Our nation was founded upon the Judeo / Christian religions; and so it makes sense and is fitting to recognize our common Creator for all of His gracious goodness. Thanksgiving, presupposes that thanks be given to someone. Christ's disciples, naturally give thanks to their Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

A Thanksgiving story:    

This morning upon awakening, I remembered a story my father would tell at Thanksgiving. It was about a university professor, whose car had broken down on a countryside road, Thanksgiving Day. He walked to the nearest farm house to ask if he could use their phone. Once graciously welcomed inside, he saw the farmer's family and wife all gathered at the table, waiting to dig into the Thanksgiving dinner. He was invited to have dinner with the family, to which he immediately and eagerly accepted.

After the prayer of thanks to God for the luscious feast (and dinner had begun), the university professor asked the farmer:

"I see that you and your family still believe in that old time religion. How can you pray and give thanks to a god that you haven't seen?" Don't you know by now that you've evolved from the animal kingdom? Haven't you ever heard of evolution?"

The wise farmer didn't care to be drawn into a testy discussion during the Thanksgiving feast with all gathered around; so, he graciously responded:

"After dinner; come out with me and watch me feed my pigs. Then, I will give you an answer to your questions."

Soon after dinner the farmer and the university professor left the empty plates of the farm house kitchen and visited the barnyard. There, the farmer fed the pigs. It was the corn and grain feed which was grown on his own farm. Then the farmer related to the "learned" university professor, that he always counted on the good Lord's promise, following Noah's Flood; that the Lord would always provide for the earth the suitable environment for "seedtime and harvest."  - Genesis 8:22

























The farmer continued by saying:

"These pigs get fed because of the good Lord's promised provision; but, these pigs are not like us humans. These pigs wait for either members of my family or me to feed them; and, once they are thrown their food, they don't hesitate one second to thank us or the good Lord for all their life sustaining provision. That primarily is what distinguishes us from the pigs. If you Mr. University Professor wish to live your life like these pigs; that is your choice. But, for me and my family; we will praise and serve our Creator Lord!”

Related:

Romans 1:16-25:

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. - Christian New Testament - Romans 1:16-25 - Please also note the remainder of the chapter: Romans 1:26-32

Also Related:

The 2 Most Important Realities that a Person Can Realize this Side of the Hereafter - thechristianmessage.org/2011/04/
"Evolution:" Rejected by Jesus Christ - thechristianmessage.org/2011/02/


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