For years now the American turkey, both wild, and domesticated has received a “bum rap,” as I see it. Often folks will consider someone or thing as being thoughtless or annoying objects of scorn, and refer to them or that particular thing as, being a turkey! How many times have you said or at least thought others to be, “turkeys!” I’m not sure that’s a good use of this animal’s name, nor does it really give true justice to what this warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings, really is! That’s a mouth full!
Well anyway, I think that the turkey is a strong and majestic bird, no, it’s sure not the bald eagle, but all the same, it has for ages survived the elements of time. Wasn’t it the American eagle that was at one point, on the endangered list, but n-o-o-o, not the turkey? When I think about this bird, I am in agreement with Benjamin Franklin, when he as well as the other founding fathers was trying to establish which creature would be part of the national emblem. Franklin suggested the North American Turkey would be the best choice! Of course he was out voted, but all the same, I think Mr. Franklin saw this bird as a good example of true grit, and one who would live through difficult times, but through it all, this bird prospered.
Spiritually speaking, we Christians are sometimes seen by those in the world as a flock of “turkeys,” in the negative sense. Many see the followers of Christ as being only thoughtless and much more annoying than any bird. All accusations for the most part are of course unfounded, but because of their stand on truth (Bible) they are condemned. There have been some “name callers,” who in times past and even today would have no problem to deem it appropriate for the Christian to receive the old fashioned “chopping block!”
So dear readers, on a more physical spectrum, when you sit down to your Thanksgiving meal/turkey, don’t take for granted what that old bird has given up for you and yours! But most importantly, consider the spiritual side of the coin, remember that there have been many Christians, accused of being “turkeys.” They were thought to be judging others, and viewed as, such narrow minded folk. But in fact, these people sacrificed themselves in the past and many even today, because they love mankind. What will the future hold for those who only desire to teach the gospel to a dying world?
The Christian must always be very careful and aware to how we conduct ourselves before the world, even when we teach, we must remember, that before one can teach about the spot of sin in the lives/eyes of others, we must make absolutely sure we don’t have a large log poking out of our own eyes/lives! Matthew 7:1-5
By Larry C. Clarke Sr.