The world we live in celebrates so many different holidays from so many different origins. Sometimes, it may seem difficult to know just what is safe for Christians to participate in and what we should steer clear of.
So, if you’ve been wondering if Thanksgiving is a holiday where Christians can go all in or not, we’ve got you covered. The short answer is absolutely! The long answer, however, digs into some history and combs through the Bible.
Originally, Thanksgiving was a day that the pilgrims gave thanks to God for provision and for keeping them safe during a time when they were settling in the US in Massachusetts and food was low. They were looking to gain religious freedom, and God provided them with land, food, protection, and freedom of religion.
These pilgrims began a practice of observing a day of thanksgiving where they would feast, play games, and give thanks to God for all He has done for them. Fast forward to today, we now practice giving thanks to God for His provision in our lives on Thanksgiving Day.
So, is Thanksgiving a Christian holiday? You better believe it!
The Bible gives a gang of examples of how we as Christians should focus on giving thanks and being grateful for the things God has done and can and will do in our lives when we trust Him. In fact, because the Bible speaks on thanksgiving so much, it should be a way of life for people in Christ. Thanksgiving is a regular practice for Christians, but the holiday is a reminder to everyone to practice gratitude.
Scriptures About Thanksgiving
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise”
– Psalm 100:4
- “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
- “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” – Colossians 4:2
- “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” – 1 Timothy 4:4-5
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
- “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High.” – Psalm 50:14
- “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” – Colossians 3:16
The list can go on for a while, but you get the idea that thanksgiving is extremely important to Believers and should be a regular part of our lives.
Over the years, people have developed their own Thanksgiving Day traditions. Some include:
Going to Church
Family Gathering for Dinner
Overeating Without Guilt
Mock Football Games
Preparing for The Christmas Holiday
There are a plethora of traditions that we observe, but the main idea and focus is and should be giving thanks to the one true God who loves us and who provides our needs.
Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Believers!