Lies Americans Believe About Our Material Blessings

Meanwhile, we have more access to more entertainment at cheaper prices now than then, plus year-round access to more produce, plus more information at our fingertips, plus all sorts of other advances that save us time and money.

In short, the median American earns more, spends less on necessities, and has more luxuries now than he did three decades ago when that same American thought the economic situation (both nationally and privately) was very good.

And yet today we moan and complain about how difficult life is – how much we (supposedly) are struggling financially, how the “system” is rigged against us, and all the rest.

Our complaints aren’t based in reality, but in mistaken perceptions, combined with a heightened sense of entitlement that perhaps could be called being “spoiled.”

In truth, while we are absolutely right, and wise, to thank God for family and friends and freedom, we can and should indeed thank him likewise for our creature comforts. Among all our blessings, he has not withheld those goods, either, from us in these United States.

As one of the traditional Thanksgiving readings from the ancient Israelites says, we are blessed in that our Lord has brought us to “a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.”

That same reading continues: “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.”

Yes, as the hymn says, for every good gift under heaven: “Now, thank we all our God.”

Quin Hillyer is a veteran conservative columnist. He has an undergraduate degree in Theology from Georgetown University and has served for years in various forms of ecumenical lay leadership.