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Christian anarchist Thanksgiving

I am thankful this day for the many blessings our God has granted us. He has preserved His Word for us and all who wish to shape their lives by it can have it. Further, God has given to us, not some, but all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3, 4). We do not need the state. The state is an interloper, an artificial construct by which group A lives off the sweat of group B. But God has given us all that we need. All that we need for godliness, without the state, and all that we need for life, without the state. We are dependent upon no monsters.

I am thankful this day that the state is temporary, artificial, and rapidly ripening for its inevitable demise. As the first pilgrims came to North American shores in hopes of living more for God with less interference from long-nosed meddlers, so today I am thankful that the shelf-life of the state is at expiration and that soon another generation may have like opportunity. I am thankful that the memories of state mismanagement will still be fresh in our minds, hopefully so fresh that we will learn from the then past mistake.

I am thankful that the follies of the state already have triggered the beginnings of a return to the land and a simpler life. I am thankful that we are returning to more labor with our hands, and are seeing more directly the relationship between sowing and reaping. If the state meets its demise never to return, then the last four hundred years will not have been in vain on that count.

The Christian anarchist has much t be thankful for this Thanksgiving day. Let us in the quiet of our homes and humble family gatherings, call to mind these and so many other points of thanksgiving.

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