For the past several weeks, thousands of people have been flooding Facebook proclaiming the things they are thankful for. On the Christian view this makes a lot of sense. In fact, it’s a very natural reaction to give thanks to God for the things he has provided. But for those who disbelieve, what do they mean?
Gratitude is an expression of emotion that is conveyed between persons. What does it mean to have gratitude if you are not thanking anyone? What does it mean to be thankful if you don’t believe in God? If there is no one on the other end of the line, going through the motions of communication seems a bit silly.
On this day of Thanksgiving, consider what you mean when you “give thanks”. Is there a recipient of that thanks, or are you putting on a show? Is this an authentic expression, or are you simply declaring to the world that you are content?
Giving thanks is a natural response. But if there is no God, to whom are you giving it?