This morning, the day before Thanksgiving, I’m writing some of my
thoughts about “animal sacrifice” and its connection to popular
holidays. This time of year, everywhere you turn you see ads with
pictures of turkeys or lawn decorations featuring “happy,”
anthropomorphized turkeys. People even refer to Thanksgiving Day as
“Turkey Day.” (And I hate that!)
But when most people in our society hear the words “animal sacrifice”
they most likely think of cruel rituals of the unenlightened trying to
please the “gods” or appease demons. Yet, these same people who consider
themselves worshipers of the one, true God will center their religious
and secular holidays (“holy? days”) on a feast focused on the
carnivorous centerpiece of some tortured animal’s remains – and have the
colossal nerve to thank and ask the Creator’s blessings on the travesty!
It has been over two thousand years since Jesus walked this earth;
and the Bible describes the “Lord’s Supper” as composed of bread and
wine – not a piece of one of His creatures.
I wonder if the reason that Jesus would seek seclusion to spend time
with the Father in prayer was to get away from any influences from the
hard-hearted society He had come to reform. (Things haven’t changed as
much as we like to imagine, have they?)
It’s taken Frank and me many years to break free of this deception
that has a stranglehold on the public and is centered on the consumption
of other animals. Now that’s something to really be thankful for!