President Biden’s White House recently released its “A Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day, 2022” and, despite coming from a leftist president, the pronouncement was shockingly non-woke and full of pleasant platitudes about the Holiday and even a few shockingly positive statements about American history and “first responders.”
Toward the beginning of the pronouncement, for example, Biden described the history of the holiday in positive terms rather than attacking the “racist” roots of the holiday or bemoaning the fate of the Native Americans, saying:
This American spirit of gratitude dates back to our earliest days, when the Pilgrims celebrated a successful first harvest, thanks to the generosity and support of the Wampanoag people. It inspired George Washington to give his troops a day of prayer and thanks amid fierce fighting for American independence. It also moved Abraham Lincoln to proclaim Thanksgiving a national holiday, honoring America’s bounty and asking God to bring us together to care for one another and heal our Nation.
Continuing, he went on to praise the “millions of heroes” that have kept America safe, saying:
Today, Jill and I share that same gratitude for America’s promise and for the millions of heroes across our country whose selflessness and care for their communities represent the best of who we are.
We are grateful for our family and friends and for all of our fellow Americans, even those whom we may never meet but rely upon nonetheless. We are thankful for the scientists, researchers, doctors, and nurses who have kept us safe through a pandemic, and for the frontline workers who have kept essential services going by growing and providing food for our tables. We are grateful to faith leaders for their counsel, comfort, and support. We thank our brave service members and veterans who sacrifice so much for our freedom, and the first responders who put so much on the line to keep us all safe.
Then he even quoted from “scripture,” saying (emphasis ours):
As Scripture says: “let us rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances.” This is a special time in the greatest country on Earth, so let us be grateful. America is a great Nation because we are a good people. This holiday, we celebrate all that brings us together, grounded in history and our shared hopes for the future.
But while it was great to see “scripture” in a public pronouncement, that one word was the one problem with the speech. Why not just say “the Bible”, if that’s from what he is quoting? Because certain leftist groups will be angry he didn’t keep the speech entirely secular? If so, would they really be appeased by his use of the general “Scripture” rather than “the Bible”?
So Biden’s pronouncement was shockingly good and non-woke. But, even so, he wasn’t quite willing to do what Christians want and just say what he’s quoting from, even if it would annoy a few of the more extreme leftists.