St. Patrick’s Day in America is a bit weird. Green Beer, drunken revelries, parades, shamrocks and people wearing green. (You didn’t forget to wear your green, did you? Without it you’ll get a pinch!)
If you aren’t familiar with the history of Patrick, watch this short video here. Much of the legend that surrounds Patrick is just that – Legend. No snakes, no four-leafed clovers, and certainly no Leprechauns.
Instead, you find a humble man who became a missionary. As a young adult, Irish slave traders captured Patrick and sold him into slavery. He eventually escaped, returning to England, only to have God call him to go back to the very people who who kidnapped him as a child. This violated every base human instinct, but given his innate knowledge of the Irish culture of the day, Patrick shared fervently the hope of Jesus Christ – eventually seeing even his slave owner come to Christ.
St. Patrick’s Day should be a special day where we are reminded of the cultural challenges we face as missionaries in the very places we live and work. Today would you pray that God uses you to reach even those who might have hurt you in the past. To see a soul saved by the Gospel is worth a day of wearing Green!
St. Patrick's day fun?
Lutheran Satire's St. Patrick's
St. Patrick's history as told by Veggie Tales (It's a little long, but good.)
John Mark Yeats