- 03 october 2016 -
in a recent church meeting thankfulness came up and I wrote down something that I have thought for years but have not articulated until now. this is how I view the teaching of the Church in general regarding thankfulness and growing during "good times" and "bad times" and the peoples reaction generally speaking:
GOOD TIMES - the Church implicitly teaches that we DON'T grow and people generally always say "praise God" about those times
BAD TIMES - the Church explicitly teaches that we DO grow and people generally rarely say "praise God" about those times
thus, I am suggesting that biblical thankfulness is not truly taught in much of the Church. if it were, we would be praising God WHATEVER the circumstance, up to and including the death of someone close, or even our own...
I'm not sure this totally makes sense but anyway, there it is...
...give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
- 1 thessalonians 5:18 ESV