Author: Lori Carter
I am not religious. I am spiritual. I believe in God the Father, Jesus his son, and the Holy Spirit. Many religions and denominations have become legalities, money making businesses whose only concern is to expand their church to increase their profits. They set rules and regulations their members are to follow, and many of them are not even biblical. I don’t believe in praying to the saints, the Virgin Mary or any other idol, but I do believe that there are many men and women, down through histories, who deserve to be noticed and respected for the work they did in spreading the word of God.
St. Patrick is credited for bringing the word and Christianity to Ireland. He, in fact was not even Irish. He was born in Roman Britain around the fourth century. His father and grandfather were both involved in the church. When he was a teenager, he was captured and forced into slavery by a band of Irish raiders. He later escaped back to his own country only to travel back to Ireland because he believed God was directing him to spread Christianity to the residents of that country.
St. Patrick’s Day is considered mainly a religious holiday, but in Ireland and a few other countries it is now considered a public holiday, one that not only recognizes St. Patrick as the patron saint of Ireland, but is used to celebrate their heritage, their history and their customs.
While researching some on St. Patrick’s Day, I was surprised to find that it is celebrated in many different countries around the world, originally started by the Irish residents there and passed on, through the years to many others who wished to join in.
In the United States, it is celebrated on one day but in many other places the celebration is a week or more. The green shamrock that is significantly associated with this day came from the fact that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the people he was trying to convert to Christianity in Ireland.
Many different denominations celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with services, not to glorify St. Patrick or worship him, but to celebrate his commitment and the heart he had for God’s work.
A survey conducted through the United States Census Bureau in 2008 showed that 11.9% of the population can trace their heritage back to Ireland, while 1.2% has found that their ancestry is Scotch-Irish. So why do so many people in this country and around the world celebrate this holiday with the consumption of large amounts of alcohol?
The moral shift of this world is heading down the drain. It has been for many decades. Unbelievers, rebellious individuals, and those who look for an excuse to party, get drunk or high have tainted the original meaning of this holiday.
Whether you are of Irish descent or not, St. Patrick’s Day is another holiday that reminds of us so many that went out into the world to spread the word of God. My actual opinion on all of this is that if we are celebrating people like this, we should have a day for each one of the Apostles, each missionary that risked their life, and some lost it, to go to other countries to spread the world.
The celebration of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit should be every day. Remembering people like St. Patrick isn’t wrong, but it needs to be done in the right perspective. As you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, remember that the imbibing of tons of alcohol wasn’t the true meaning of this day. It was to acknowledge the man that is credited with first bringing Christianity to Ireland, so in remembering him, we should also remember all the others that went forward, are still go forward spreading the word of God.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day