Everything starts to go wrong at the point of thanksgiving. Or rather the point of becoming unthankful. As God’s creatures we are beneficiaries of His goodness in so many ways. As a result it is only proper that we respond with thanksgiving to the God who provides for us with the air we breathe, food, clothing, families, education, water, parents, doctors and so much more. Our humanity is fully displayed when we are living in gratitude to God all the time. Hence, when we start to be unthankful we start to dehumanise.
In the light of this it is interesting to see where the rot of humanity set in in Romans 1:21-32, it began to seep in. It started as follows as recorded in Romans 1:21: For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. It started with a refusal to give thanks to God. From there all the other degeneracy of the latter part of Romans 1 developed. When God is no longer acknowledged for who He is then moral anarchy tends to ensue. Such a degeneration starts to manifest when people are no longer thankful to God for his good provisions. And terrible it is when they will not thank Him for the gift of his Son who came to bring them salvation.
The Christian, though, is not of this ilk; he is of a different kind. The Christian follows the pattern of David and says: I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds (Ps. 9:1). Thanksgiving should be the default position for God’s people. So we should follow Paul’s injunction Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus ( 1 Thess. 5:16-18)