I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds (Psalm 9:1)
The Bible is very clear. God is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). God and his providential care over us should be credited with every bit of food we eat, the bed we sleep in, and the roof over our head.
God’s Word could not be clearer that we are to thank Him for everything that blesses or enhances our life.
Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God (2 Corinthians 9:11).
The avenues by which God blesses us is multitudinous. Sometimes he blesses us by the innate abilities and giftings he gives us. Sometimes he blesses us with health. Sometimes he blesses us with intelligence. Sometimes he blesses us with plentiful food, beautiful wives or handsome husbands, healthy children, and good careers.
And some blessings are given by God through our parents or forbears.
Proverbs 13:22 says that a wise man leaves wealth to his children. And we see in stories like how Isaac blessed Jacob in Genesis 27, from father to son. And let’s not forget the blessing that God’s Covenant people get for no other reason than belonging to the Covenant community (Genesis 12:3).
The idea that you should feel guilt, rather than thankfulness, for blessings given you by your ancestors is satantic ingratitude.
In fact, most of the Old Testament narrative is little more than the story of God blessing children on account of their parents’ faithfulness. Far from a sense of guilt, God’s people rejoice that they get to live in houses they didn’t build, eat grapes harvested in vineyards they didn’t plant, and drink water from wells they didn’t dig (Deuteronomy 6:11).
Those who seek to make you feel guilty for your privileges, rather than blessed and thankful, do not work for God but instead, work for the devil. In this number of Satan’s workers include Critical Theorists, Cultural or Economic Marxists, and Liberation Theologians.
My God damn them all for calling good evil and evil, good. May God destroy them and their children to the third generation for telling God’s beloved that being blessed by God places upon them guilt to repent of and not blessings to give thanks for.
There might very well be privilege one enjoys for being Caucasian. There might also very well be privileges one enjoys for being of African descent, or Asian, or Pacific Islander, or Native American.
There are privileges one enjoys for being born to a two-parent household, for being born in wedlock, or for being taught work-ethic.
There are privileges one enjoys for living in America, have a healthy extended family, or lots of siblings to live life with.
Not a single one of these privileges is cause for guilt, but praise. Feeling guilt for what God has done is not only the height of ingratitude, but it’s a sure way to have God take his blessings from you.
So whether you are white, black, purple, polka-dotted, camouflage, or indigo, praise God for whatever blessings that accompany it. Whether you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth or had RC Cola put into your bottle, rejoice in it.
Praise God for all good things. And every human, no matter the color of their skin, has a reason to praise God for blessings and privileges they did not earn, but were handed out by the goodness of God and in the abundance of his kindness.
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