Macy’s Thanksgiving Identity- Paul Gordon Collier
Today, I spent my Thanksgiving morning watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on NBC with my wife and my 8 year old daughter (and JUST 8- she turned 8 this past Monday).
I don’t expect to see much from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade about a day of thanks to our Lord and Maker, our one true Sovereign, the God of Abraham and Isaac, the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, but what I did see spoke volumes about the true cultural identity being formed in America today. This cultural identity is not only NOT based in Christ, it is outright anti-Christian.
It is an identity that seeks to co-opt, or, perhaps a better word might be, corrupt the message of Christ to gently transition the remnant who still have some tincture of a true Christ-centered identity to a godless identity where the new gods are the collective whole (more on this later).
Let me first stick to the anti-Christian identity- Every year my wife watches this parade. It is a tradition that her Mother introduced her to and it is a strong bridge to her past (like the best traditions are). It reminds her of the importance of family as these memories are all rooted in my wife sharing genuine moments of loving connection to her Mother growing up.
I have never watched this parade in full, and, save for my wife and her traditions, most likely never would have. Over the years I have seen this parade for what it is today- a glorified infomercial to prepare the American people to go out and buy, buy, buy, especially at Macy’s (though the parade has become so much bigger than the original intention, to simply promote Macy’s for the holiday buying season).
I am ignorant of what happened before the last 8-10 years that I have taken part in this tradition with my wife, so perhaps the earlier parades at least gave some lip service to God. After all, this is really a holiday born out of a spirit of giving thanks to God, the Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit (and not some gender neutral, religious neutral ‘Creator’). But since I have been watching this parade, there have been no real attempts to tip a hat, take a moment to thank our God for the blessings He gives us.
But this year, there was something different about this parade that moved it past being merely absent of God to promoting ungodly values, reinforcing the shift from Godliness to Godlessness in America today. Perhaps there were other moments in the last few years and I just missed them. Perhaps I am simply more attuned to identity than I was in the past.
As many of you know, the parade highlights current musicals that are running in Broadway. This year, there is a musical called “Bring It On”, based on a movie of the same name. The movie and the musical matter little. What does matter are two moments during this performance that both highlight and encourage the shift from Godliness to Godlessness, from God as our Master to Man as our Master.
The first moment came as one of the dancers came forward, a ‘girl’ cheerleader who, it was clear, was really a guy. This was not your typical man-in-drag comedy moment, but rather, this person was being presented as a ‘real live girl’ (to borrow a phrase from Pinocchio). My 8 year old daughter looked a little confused at this person, who was clearly a man. I had to explain to her it was a man dressed as a woman.
Should I have gone into more detail? I don’t know. I didn’t. The moment was left to hang and, in a sense, is still hanging, yet to be resolved in my daughter’s mind.
Now I am not in any way suggesting government censorship here. If a culture deems it appropriate to have a transsexual dancing in a Thanksgiving Day Parade and does not take free market action (boycotts, complaints to NBC, etc), then that culture should be given the freedom to choose a path that leads away from God and towards death.
I also do not want to heap on that transsexual dancer any hate or ill will. He is free to believe as he believes and to live his life as he sees fit. And sin is sin. The transsexual is no more in sin than the unrepentant porn addict or the self-justifying adulterer (or even the chronic liar or the one who refuses to forgive someone else and justifies it).
The fact that a transsexual was allowed to dance in this parade in the company of families with their children is an extension of the fundamental shift that has already occurred in what’s left of “American Culture”. It is not a matter for our government to address, but one for we the American people to address.
Have we killed off completely what was left of our identity in Christ as a nation? I would support that a moment such as I experienced today is a true sign of that fait accompli. In addition to being an indicator of the true cultural identity of America, this moment does much, especially with our young, to reinforce a godless-centered identity over a Christ-centered identity.
It converts tolerance for different beliefs and lifestyles to ACCEPTANCE. It makes the Word of God a potential anti-American belief system, one that might one day find you before the judge answering charges of hate speech for daring to call homosexuality a sin (see Canada’s passage of the Alberta Human Rights Act for a taste of what’s coming to America- http://godtweeters.com/2012/03/canada-to-silence-parents-teaching-godly-standards-on-sexuality-source-thenewamerican-com/).
For America, what Truth has become is this- Any belief that anyone holds, unless that belief denies the truth of other beliefs. Tolerance of others is about surrendering your absolute truth and accepting all truth as relative to the beholder. And eventually, if trends continue, stating anything to the contrary will be deemed to be a threat to the good of the collective whole, a criminal act.
Yet even while we have accepted this idea of relative truth, which brings with it a whole host of other beliefs (such as ‘we cannot judge one another’, ‘we cannot hold one another accountable’, ‘the good of the whole is the only ideal we should strive to perfect’), there are some absolute truths this new Godless American identity will ‘tolerate’.
If you are one of the few who disagrees with these absolute truths, this will also potentially put you in direct conflict with the overall good of the collective whole.
One of these absolute truths was highlighted in this “Bring It On” musical number in which one girl sings to another girl something to the effect of this- “I used to call you a spoiled white girl, now I just call you a white girl”. We are told on one hand to be non-racial in how we view the world, but we are also told that thinking about white people as being oppressors, as being the face of persecution, genocide, discrimination, is perfectly acceptable. After all, you can’t really be a racist for hating the race that is in the majority, especially one so evil as white people (never mind about white men, those guys are all little Hitlers).
This little racist banter was left to go through unchecked, and, from what I see in the blogosphere, didn’t even raise an eyebrow, not even from the so-called “Conservatives” or even the “Christian Conservatives”.
My daughter didn’t raise an eyebrow on this exchange and I said nothing to point it out to her. I reinforce in her the teachings of Christ, that we are either part of the family of God, through the blood of Christ, or outside the family of God. This is the only distinction that matters to me as far as recognizing the ‘races’ of humanity. You are either of the Godly race or the Ungodly race, whether you be German or Chinese, Nigerian or Australian, El Salvadoran or Assyrian.
As if to reinforce my observations on this Macy’s Day Parade showcase, President Barack Obama’s Thanksgiving Declaration not only reinforced it, but further clarified to the American people the new American God, the collectivist whole, and he did this by corrupting the message of Christ, that we should love one another, that we should provide for one another’s needs.
One of my favorite sites today is one called theidentitybridge.com. I won’t give it away and tell you the hook of this site, but it is worth a visit. The mission of this site seems to be to make it clear to the remnant what’s at stake, and to make sure as representatives of Christ’s Kingdom we understand that our only true and eternal identity is in Christ, not this or any other earthly country.
Today, there was an article about the President’s declaration that flushes out just how President Obama is seeking to shift what’s left of our Christ identity to an identity in ‘community’, what is really the collective whole, the state:
From theidentitybridge.com – http://www.theidentitybridge.com/thanksgiving-and-obamas-deepest-strength/
So what does that have to do with Obama’s Thanksgiving Proclamation? Well, look at the following two paragraphs from the proclamation. Notice how it begins with the theme of community and then reaches its climax in the last sentence:
Many Thanksgivings have offered opportunities to celebrate community during times of hardship. When the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony gave thanks for a bountiful harvest nearly four centuries ago, they enjoyed the fruits of their labor with the Wampanoag tribe — a people who had shared vital knowledge of the land in the difficult months before. When President George Washington marked our democracy’s first Thanksgiving, he prayed to our Creator for peace, union, and plenty through the trials that would surely come. And when our Nation was torn by bitterness and civil war, President Abraham Lincoln reminded us that we were, at heart, one Nation, sharing a bond as Americans that could bend but would not break. Those expressions of unity still echo today, whether in the contributions that generations of Native Americans have made to our country, the Union our forebears fought so hard to preserve, or the providence that draws our families together this season.
As we reflect on our proud heritage, let us also give thanks to those who honor it by giving back. This Thanksgiving, thousands of our men and women in uniform will sit down for a meal far from their loved ones and the comforts of home. We honor their service and sacrifice. We also show our appreciation to Americans who are serving in their communities, ensuring their neighbors have a hot meal and a place to stay. Their actions reflect our age-old belief that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and they affirm once more that we are a people who draw our deepest strength not from might or wealth, but from our bonds to each other.
Presidential Proclamation — Thanksgiving Day, 2012
Notice what he is proclaiming:
“we are a people who draw our deepest strength not from might or wealth, but from our bonds to each other.”
While that’s a pretty good jab at his recently defeated foe, notice what Obama leaves out. He doesn’t say anything about drawing “our deepest strength” from God. So although God is mentioned in the proclamation, when it comes to “our deepest strength”, Obama finds that in his fellow human beings, not God. As we’ll show you in future memos, this is classic Obama! Despite his claims to be a “deep faith” Christian, there is a distinct detachment from God when it comes to relying on him and trusting in him.
Read more on theidentitybridge.com – click here- http://www.theidentitybridge.com/thanksgiving-and-obamas-deepest-strength/
I would add that President Obama is also incorporating our faith to justify shifting our trust and submission to God to our trust and submission in the collectivist whole, the ‘community’ (of which the perfect expression of that ‘community’ is the state, through which we as a people can love one another and be our brother’s keeper). Never mind that the pilgrims didn’t gather to celebrate ‘community’, they gathered to celebrate the miracle God gave them.
In a nation in which Christ was our true central identity as a people, the declaration that President Obama gave today would have been met with outrage. How could we have a President so obviously steeped in a godless ideology that echoes the Soviet and not the Constitution? How could we have a President who reduces the efforts of the pilgrims to live God in totality to some sort of Soviet celebration of the collectivist whole?
This is not the fault of our President, but of us, the body, the ones who have ceased to be the salt and light, the ones who have left our children be educated by godless ideologues, the ones who have sent our kids to Sunday School every week and not sat down with them Monday through Saturday to grow in the Word together as a family.
My Thanksgiving is still all about the awesome blessings that God has given us all, the awesome opportunity He has given us through the tribulations ahead of us to witness the power of our faith in the face of persecution and hate from our neighbors and even our own government. But for too many in America, Thanksgiving was about godlessness and collectivist idol worship. Thanksgiving was about acceptable hate and unacceptable ‘truth’ (God’s Word).
So what is truth then, according to Macy’s? The ‘truth’ of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade reflected this godless ideology, not in any remote way the truth of Christ, and this on a Christian holiday. But that ‘truth’ itself was a reflection of the ‘truth’ Americans live out day today. It only reinforced that truth and helped pass it on to the next generation.
I pray for our President that he might be led by God to repent of his sins of leading this nation further and further into godless, collectivist idol-worshiping death, and I pray for those hearing and accepting this message of death that God might have mercy on them and lead them out of the Kingdom of Darkness and into the Kingdom of Light, and I dedicate my life to go out into those harvest fields, collecting the work God has done on the hearts of the lost.
Paul Gordon Collier