Interview with Irishman Darren Mulligan from We Are Messengers
I learned a lot this morning! My entire (almost 49 year) life I have been "celebrating" St Patrick's Day all wrong.
In America we get carried away with "wearing green," "pinching those who don't," eating corned beef, celebrating the Leprechaun and his pot of gold. People from "The Old Sod" of Ireland-do none of that....
Darren Mulligan, the lead singer of We Are Messengers called in to straighten me out:
St Patrick's Day is a day to honor the God ordained man St. Patrick from Wales who can and shared Christ with the Irish people. Think of him as an Irish Billy Graham. His efforts led to revival of Ireland. The people of Ireland had many gods they worshipped-St Patrick came and talked about how there is only One God is three persons (God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit). He used the shamrock as a object lesson to describe this perfectly.
True Irish people do not wear green on St Patricks Day (unless they like to wear green), they don't celebrate Leprechauns, they don't eat a lot of corned beef or green beer and they definitely don't go around "pinching those who aren't wearing green."
I'm not worried though.....I have my bright neon green shirt on just in case.....and I will probably drink a McDonalds Shamrock Shake.........while I tell everyone I can about Jesus Christ and His saving grace........just like St Patrick did.