How Elias Missed the Point about Thanksgiving – Don’t be Like Elias

Jesus Without Baggage

This is Thanksgiving week in the United States, and I am sure you who are Americans are already prepared for this Thursday. Most of us will gather with friends and loved ones for a Thanksgiving meal. Many will reflect on the things we are thankful for in our life.

It is my favorite holiday of the year.

Thanksgiving Thanksgiving

So let me take this opportunity to share something we should NOT be thankful for by considering the story of a man who was thankful for the wrong reason. I will call him Elias. Elias was a Pharisee who was proud of his righteous perfection; he kept all the religious rules and looked down on those who did not—most of them didn’t even try. Certainly God was displeased with them but very pleased with Elias.

Now not all Pharisees thought like this, but Elias did. Then one day Elias went to the…

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