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Summary: This Thanksgiving sermon prompts us to answer the question, are we really thankful? Perhaps we aren't as thankful as we should be.

Are We Really Thankful People?

Romans 1:21

[21] because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

My grandson Christian and I

are fixing our Thanksgiving Dinner this year.

I’m confident that as we do that

our minds will think back to past Thanksgiving Days.

In past years, my deceased wife Pat did all the cooking

and she was a great cook.

On past years, many of our family members were there.

This year, it’s just Christian and me.

It’s going to be a new experience for us.

We plan to thank God for our past Thanksgiving Days.

We will thank Him for what He has done for us

and all the blessings we continue to enjoy.

People all over the United States will do much the same.

Thanksgiving is a Christian holiday

because the Pilgrims who started it were Christians.

Many verses in our Bibles tell us we should be thankful to God.

Yet, many who celebrate Thanksgiving are not Christians.

Today’s Bible passage speaks about people like that.

[21] because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

My guess is that not many preachers are using that verse today.

Because we are Christians, the verse doesn’t seem to apply to us.

In reality, the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write that verse

and it’s part of a description that applies

to the whole human race.

It’s not just about false religion believers

or people who never go to church and don’t read the Bible.

It’s pretty clear when the verse says, “they knew God.”

That has to include all the Baptists, Methodists, Catholics,

Lutherans, the Pentecostals, the Presbyterians,

the non-denominationals (like us),

and all the other churches where Jesus is worshipped.

It certainly includes me and it includes you.

If we look over verses 18 through 32 here in Romans chapter 1

we see God’s condemnation of all human beings.

Verse 18 says we are all born with an innate knowledge of God

which we willfully suppress.

Verses 19 and 20 say God made Himself evident to all men

so they are without excuse.

Verses 21 to 23 say by turning away from God,

they turned to idolatry.

Verses 24 and 25 say the result is # 1: Moral Impurity.

Verses 26 and 27 say the result is # 2: Dishonorable Passions.

Verses 28 to 32 say the result is # 3: Total Social Breakdown.

As a result, verses 24, 26 and 28

repeated the phrase “God gave them up”.

The whole human race is now under God’s wrath

deserving His punishment and we are all “without excuse”.

The rest of the Book of Romans

shows the glories of the gospel of Jesus Christ

and grace through faith in Jesus as the remedy for human sin.

Now, for today’s Thanksgiving message

let’s look closer at Verse 21.

[21] because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened

They knew God.

They did not glorify God.

They did not give thanks to God.

Their thinking became futile.

Their hearts were darkened.

Here are reasons why I believe

Verse 21 applies to many church people.

Point #1. Many people refuse to glorify God.

God demands that we as His creatures

glorify Him as the great Creator.

When we don’t, we fail in the great purpose

for which we were created.

It started in the earliest days of the human race

when Adam and Eve willfully rebelled against God.

They should have glorified God by obeying him, but they didn’t.

That is the main sin of the human race.

From the Garden of Eden down to our present day and age

a tendency toward disobedience has been in our DNA..

Let’s be honest about all this!

God is despised.

His day is ignored.

His Book is neglected.

His Son is refused.

His deliverances are forgotten.

It all shows how God is treated by unthankful creatures.

Point #2. Many people are not really thankful to God.

We don’t miss many meals in our lives.

When went to the table, there was always something on it.

If God has treated us that way,

while many are crushed with poverty,

should we all have some gratitude?

God has made our paths in life very smooth.

Some of us did well in business, while other men failed.

We have had every comfort at home, while others have not.

So are we really grateful?

There are thousands who call themselves Christians

who are not thankful.

Yet, they never thought themselves very guilty on that.

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