One upshot of their dissociation of Thanksgiving from the ancient customs was Americans losing sight of the reciprocal nature of the whole god-earth-man relationship. Again this relates in some way to that evangelical notion of exceptional salvation. Just as the born-againer imagines his being "saved" is independent of his own efforts and conduct, so the Americans generally believe that the earth will continue to offer them its bounty regardless of how they treat it or the rest of its inhabitants. The Church, however, has always borne witness to the truth that Jesus' entire message is summed up in the ancient precept, as ye sow, so shall ye reap, be it soul or soil..
Well, the harvest is in and it's now time for America to reap the whirlwind.