CSN – LightWing Messages – Pre-Thanksgiving Sunday – 11/20/2022
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:25-37 (New International Version)
Unfortunately, the original purpose for celebrating this traditional holiday may have been lost through the ages. Many good celebrants are unaware that a central peace between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims existed as the foundation for the event now referred to as the “First Thanksgiving.” However, the original holiday may have had more in common with celebrations in this day as it was actually a harvest festival, naturally centered upon food and feasting. So to a large extent, it was just a big feast day. So why is it so important in America’s history?
The LightWing Message briefly addresses this importance in American history. Once again, I am submitting the message for this week in the first of two installments in my effort to provide a bit better perspective on “The Pain and the Peace Leading to the ‘First Thanksgiving.’” The second part will be presented on Thanksgiving Day. I hope readers can grasp that there is much more to this traditional celebration than turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
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“The Pain and the Peace Leading to the ‘First Thanksgiving’”
By Dennis Jamison
While there is so much of God at work in the First Thanksgiving in 1621 that the truth is hard to miss if one is looking from a God-centered point of view. Misunderstanding, as well as misinformation and outright disinformation, however, fills some history textbooks today due to the concept of using history as a weapon originated by a famous professor named Howard Zinn. Some of the education portrayed as history in classrooms across the nation is simply an indoctrination into divisiveness and rehashed resentment that bypasses the reality of the events as were recorded by those who were present as eyewitnesses.
Governor William Bradford in 1630 described the departure from Leiden, referring to Hebrews 11:13: “They knew they were pilgrims, and looked not much on those things, but lift[ed] up their eyes to the heavens, their dearest country, and quieted their spirits.”
Unfortunately, the other extreme in the history of Thanksgiving is how it has been romanticized to almost mythic proportions since the original event. And, as historical events fade into the past, the actual people and original events that occurred become distorted, and this is also true of the “First Thanksgiving” in the Plymouth Colony.
Also, clever writers who are opportunists, continue to get away with peddling rubbish to
the public in what is either self-promotion, or the promotion of an agenda and worn out narratives.
The title of my message expresses the perspective that is often not taught in America’s classrooms, and it often shocks people when they learn of a genuine peace between the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrims.
- God was working in the time of the Pilgrims and primarily through them
- Patterns of the Cain vs. Abel struggle are readily evident on multiple levels; yet there was a definitive Good Samaritan moment
- Despite the pain and suffering and struggle, God worked in an unusual way to manifest an incredible peace treaty between the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims
The true peace between the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrims runs against the progressive-revisionist narrative. In reality, this peace lasted from 1621 to even 14 years past the chieftain Massasoit’s death in 1661.
However, the Pequot War interceded in this period of time, which is glossed over and erroneously includes the Plymouth Colony. That war was really a three-way conflict between the Dutch, the Puritans at Massachusetts Bay Colony and the Pequot as well as other Indian communities. It is reflective of another Cain – Abel issue between the elder brother Europeans and the Native American Indians.
Many of us know the Pilgrim story and bits and pieces of the First Thanksgiving, yet when one digs below the surface of progressive perspectives or myth and into the deeper actual history, a good student will find the gold buried much more deeply. And, the Indian side of the equation is often ignored, yet the truth provides the proof of God working in parallel ways to promote His central Providence.
On this side of the Atlantic, due to the Europeans fishing along the East Coast and fur trading inland, the Indian peoples were exposed to the Europeans long before settlement occurred. However, disease was brought to the continent from the “Old Country.” Smallpox ravaged Europe in the early 1600s coming from the Middle East. Then, the European explorers brought the disease to the North American continent. European plagues swept the eastern coast and hit many of the American Indian tribes of the northeastern woodlands.
The Wampanoag people were one of the many tribes living in that area and originally were to have stretched from what is now Maine to Rhode Island. It is estimated that there were three known waves of a plague that swept through, but the devastation hit the Wampanoag very hard, with some estimates as high as 90% of their population being extinguished. It was a very pain-filled period with tremendous loss of life.
There was a Time magazine article that appeared during the time of COVID that examines the perspective of Thanksgiving from some descendants of the Wampanoag people. The Time article makes more of a connection between the time of the Pilgrims’ arrival and the plague that wiped out the Wampanoag people. The last wave had hit just before the Mayflower arrived off the shores of New England. The Time author seemed equally enamored with the reality that we are suffering a plague in the form of the COVID pandemic as the Indians suffered in their day.
The Time article reported a perspective of Hartman Deetz, a Mashpee Wampanoag artist, educator and activist that: “Being a Wampanoag person in this time of year, it’s always striking that we tell this story of the Pilgrims and the Indians, and yet the Wampanoag people are often times left out of this telling of this story.” However, it was not clear whether the Mashpee Wampanoag even knew his people’s history, but it was his ancestors who were the ones to initiate a peace treaty with the very first Pilgrim governor of the Plymouth Colony. What peace treaty?
The descendents quoted in the article do not mention a peace treaty. So, if by denying or simply not acknowledging a historical peace treaty, does it make it disappear? To be clear, in the current politically correct realms that permeate the society, some believe that denial is enough to make something not exist.
While it is true that often the recounting the “First Thanksgiving,” the celebration is viewed primarily from the vantage point of the Pilgrims, since their record is the only known written documentation of the festivities; nonetheless, the failure to be aware of a peace treaty between the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims hinders – even restricts the the accuracy or clarity regarding the complete picture of this “First Thanksgiving,” Those who tells the story of the Pilgrims and the Indians and leaves out the peace treaty are doing so on purpose or based on ignorance.. So, the Indian part of the equation is worth looking at because that hidden history contains the reality of the peace treaty.
Tisquantum, or Squanto, was a real person and became central in the effort to help the struggling Pilgrims as well as helping to lay the foundation for the peace treaty. He shows up in the written record. The treaty is in the written record. As his world opened up, through his own efforts, he worked himself into a position to be a bridge between the Eurpoeans and his own people, not just because of his translation skills, but because of his internal character. Many do not know that he became a slave. Who enslaved him? A British sea captain named Captain Hunt! Squanto had to resolve his internal issues.
Despite his struggles and suffering, Squanto was in an incredible position to assist and his help in teaching the Pilgrims was probably authorized, if not initiated, by the leader, the sachem (king) of the Wampanoag, Massasoit. Secondly, it was Massasoit who initiated the peace treaty in the Spring of 1621.
This treaty was comprised of five basic points, essentially a simple: “you watch our back and we’ll watch yours” type of agreement. But, on the foundation of Squanto’s diligent assistance with the Pilgrims throughout the summer of 1621, after the peace treaty was established in March, the celebration we know as the First Thanksgiving could become a joyful occasion. It originated from the Pilgrims’ gratitude for genuine friendship from the Indians and the renewal of the Pilgrim community.
Sadly, when this period of English colonial history is studied, it is not the peace that was established between these two races or diverse peoples that is studied; it is usually the breakdown of that peace, or King Phillip’s War that is scrutinized by the progressive – revisionist historians. So, by the numbers, the peace between the Pilgrims (not the Puritans) and the Wampanoag technically lasted from 1621 to 1675 — 54 years. But, those who focus on this period, focus on King Phillip’s War that lasted for fourteen months from 1675 to 1676. The peace treaty? Lost in the dustbin of history.
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