What comes to mind when you think of St. Patrick’s Day?
Leprechauns. Ireland. A pot of gold. Wearing green or drinking green beer. If that is it, your understanding of this celebrated day is divorced from history and the real Patrick of Ireland.
Today on Moore to the Point, Dr. Russell Moore gives a brief history lesson on the real St Patrick that should make every missionally-minded Christian sit up and take notice. Drawing on the Philip Freeman’s 2007 book, St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography, Moore summarizes:
Any evangelical seeking to kindle a love for missions among the people of God will benefit from this volume’s demonstration that the Great Commission did not lie dormant between the apostle Paul and William Carey. Patrick’s love and zeal for the Irish may also inspire American evangelicals to repent of our hopelessness for the conversion of, say, the radical Islamic world—which is, after all, no more “hopeless” than the Irish barbarians of Patrick’s era.
I encourage you to read the rest of Moore’s blogpost, What evangelicals can learn from Saint Patrick, and to give thanks for this obedient servant of Christ. May his brave example spur us on to share the gospel with our own pagan nation and hostile neighbors.
Sola Deo Gloria, dss