Kiln blog: Thanksgiving Message 2016

Today is Thanksgiving in America.

God said that we should celebrate holidays that help establish a rhythm of work and rest. There’s an awful lot more behind all that, of course. By absorbing the example of Moses’ Covenant, we learn that it has to represent at least two things: (1) the rhythm of seasons and God’s provision, but also (2) it should celebrate signal moments when God acted to establish and preserve the community. If you think about it just a little bit, you would understand the so-called “Puritan Work Ethic” is neither precisely Puritan nor an ethic, but an excuse for brutal exploitation. That mythical beast permits holidays only begrudgingly, and would ignore the sabbatical cycle of human existence. The whole thing reduces humanity to mere economic units, a pure manifestation of Western materialism. Let us cease serving Mammon.

You can read the rest of this message here.


About Ed Hurst

Disabled Veteran, prophet of God's Laws, Bible History teacher, wannabe writer, volunteer computer technician, cyclist, Social Science researcher
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