I’m not from America and obviously in India we don’t celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving. I often joke about the reason we don’t have Thanksgiving in India. I tell my friends it’s because “we give thanks everyday.” But the holiday means a lot to many of my friends in the West. Thanksgiving is, no doubt, a good tradition to have. But we must also ask: Is Jesus and His commands more valuable to us than tradition? What can we do to celebrate Thanksgiving Day in relation to loving God and our neighbors?
He [Jesus] said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
Commenting on this Piper writes,
There is in every human heart a terrible and powerful tendency to live by the law of earthly repayment, the law of reciprocity. There is a subtle and relentless inclination in our flesh to do what will make life as comfortable as possible and to avoid what will inconvenience us or agitate our placid routine or add the least bit of tension to our Thanksgiving dinner. The most sanctified people among us must do battle every day so as not to be enslaved by the universal tendency to always act for the greatest earthly payoff.
The people who lightly dismiss [Luke 14:12–14] as a rhetorical overstatement are probably blind to the impossibility of overstating the corruption of the human heart and its deceptive power to make us think all is well when we are enslaved to the law of reciprocity, the law which says: always do what will pay off in convenience, undisturbed pleasures, domestic comfort, and social tranquility. Jesus’s words are radical because our sin is radical. He waves a red flag because there is destruction ahead for people governed by the law of reciprocity.
What do you think? What are your thoughts on Thanksgiving? And more practically: Who should you invite this Thanksgiving Dinner? Read full article Here.