Ditching St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2014

Friends,
I used to think that observing St. Patrick’s Day was okay. This was because for me, as a schoolgirl, we had fun pinching those who didn’t wear green, we found enjoyment in making up stories about pots of gold, and we received attention if we could legitimately claim (as I could) that we were part, or at least a fraction, Irish. Later, as a public schoolteacher and then as a street evangelist, I used the story about this missionary to Ireland (St. Patrick) as an excuse to describe God and explain the Gospel.

However. It’s now 2014 and wickedness has grown to enormous and blazing heights. The drunkenness, revelry, and perversion which seemed to be consigned to the choices of a small minority, have now become, apparently, the choice of the masses. Instead of one-night parties put on by the few, now the partying stretches across several days by the many. St. Patrick’s Day has become a season to excuse in-your-face wickedness.

Therefore, the growth of detestable behavior surrounding it has led me to ditch observing St. Patrick’s Day. A day dedicated by so many people to activities that are abhorrent to God is a holiday for me to reject. If God has impressed upon me His displeasure of the celebrations, then I want nothing to do with even a pinch of it.

Another reason that I am declining to observe any St. Patrick’s Day festivities this year comes about as a result of my recent observation concerning the depths of Catholicism’s deceptions. During my life I have known, even been friends with, many Catholics. Most of them seemed to honor and put their faith in only Jesus, not in Mary or the words and commands of men. Many seemed to have the attitude that, yes, although some in the history of their church taught the praying of the rosary and that Mary and saints could hear prayers, they themselves certainly did not believe such stuff. It truly appeared that they loved Jesus and were filled with the Holy Spirit. Others in my life who were more “staunch” Catholics –well, we just agreed that we were not on the same page, and remained friends because of other reasons –just as was and is the case with other friends of mine of other religions.

So, I say that to say this: St. Patrick’s Catholicism (some say the real Patrick was not Catholic, though I doubt that), seemed to me to be near enough to the Truth that the true Gospel was able to spread through his teachings. But now I’m not so sure, for of late I’ve come to realize that real Catholicism is much more deceptive than I’d formerly thought, and is a false religion that not only attempts to control people’s choices, but is also a dangerous system of mind-control.

There seems to be no good reason left for a follower of Christ to observe St. Patrick’s Day. (Even the pinching seems now, to me, to be a subtle message that the customs of those who “rule the day” are to be conformed to.) Certainly the perverted and drunken behavior needs to be denounced for what it is: Hostility to God. (Ja. 4:4)

God’s Word tells us not to indulge in that which “pagans choose to do –living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and detestable idolatry.” (1 Peter 4:3) It informs us that getting drunk is wickedness (Eph. 5:18) and that it turns a person into a fool. (Pr. 20:1 & 23:29-35) It warns us that drunkards and revelers will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Cor. 6:10 // Gal. 5:21) Why then should any of God’s people think it a light matter to participate in festivities that glorify evil behavior?

Instead of being filled with wine and with thoughts of sensual carousing, we are commanded to “be filled with the Spirit.” (Eph. 5:18) We are to speak to one another with psalms and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God. (v. 19,20) We are to be filled with the Word of God, teaching and admonishing one another with all wisdom. (Col. 3:16) And we are to live our entire lives –each moment– for the will of God and for the glory of Him alone. (2 Cor. 5:15 // 1 Peter 4:2)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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