Controversy of Being Thankful

On this day I am thankful, among many, many other things, for one thing in particular:

That Jesus Christ came to this earth as a baby of no status or privilege, incarnating himself into a broken world and peacefuljesus-on-trially loving all of humanity to Him, even though many didn’t, and don’t, want to believe.

I am also thankful for Jesus brutally dying on the cross, that my sins are forgiven because I believe in an unchanging God who longs to flood this world and all humanity with redemption and reconciliation to Himself, and to each other.

With that said, on this thankful day of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for what Jesus did so I, as a white man a part of the dominant culture that has given me extraordinary privilege for doing nothing other than being birthed into a powerful socially constructed group of people, can sincerely apologize for:  

Raping and pillaging the Indians, the thing that created this holiday; and using the death of Christ for the cultural sins of slavery, colonization, the crusades, racism, sexism and anything else that holds others captive because they are not like the dominant culture of the day.

I’m sorry. And I’m thankful I believe in a God who is bigger than all of my people’s sins committed on behalf of Him.

Much love.

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Mrs T

    Well said. Yes, we all suffer from a little guilt & much thankfulness. It needs to be said periodically, so the unbelievers know we really care!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • http://jontrouten.blogspot.com/ Jon Trouten

    Happy Thanksgiving, Andrew! You too, Mrs. T. :)

  • http://www.coffeehousereader.com Heather

    WOW…..I think I'm speechless over here Andrew! Thank you for humbling me today.

  • http://ad-dominum.com Thom

    Amen.

  • Bryan

    I'm sorry, Andrew, but I just have to say this. The Pilgrims didn't rape or pillage the Indians. Indians were indeed raped and pillaged throughout American history, but really, the rape and pillage of Indians does not have much to do with the creation of Thanksgiving as a holiday. Actually, the Indians were invited to attend the first American thanksgiving, or at least, what we would consider the first American thanksgiving. It wasn't until later on in American history that Indians were mistreated. So I'm not disagreeing with your sentiments, since it did happen, but I just thought I would clear that up.

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Bryan – I hear you. However, regardless of when the raping and pillaging occured; regardless of when slavery or cultural oppression or any of those other things that white people in the majority culture did to those in minority cultures occured; I (we, for those of us who are white) need to apologize for our collective cultural sins. And the only reason we can apologize and have it be sincere is because Jesus died on a cross for our own sins – the ultimate thing I am thankful for that empowers us to conviction and reconciliation.

    The Indians are a huge part of Thanksgiving. America can’t have Thansgiving without thinking of Indians. Unfortunately, if the Indians were actually a huge part of this holiday other than just being a maskot for white people, the ‘when’ might be relevant because then white folks would have already taken a strong stand against what happened and stop using Indian relations as a means of excusion for action. Because that has not happened, I, for one, whenever Thanksgiving is brought up, feel the need to be thankful for Jesus’ death and then apologize as a white male for what has wrongly ocurred (and continues to do so) in Christ’s name during “religious” holidays.

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