Saint Patrick’s Day
Imagine you’re at an office party on the tenth floor of a high-rise when you hear the faint sound of yelling. As you listen, you can hear what appears to be screaming. Everyone rushes to the windows to see what’s happening and is shocked at what they see.
In the high-rise just feet away from your building across a narrow alley, smoke is billowing from a window, and you can see that a number of people are trapped! You hear gasps from those around you as they come to grips with the reality that within minutes they are going to see people burned alive in front of their eyes. Suddenly, one your coworkers turns and runs out of the office in a seeming panic. You wonder why he would be so cowardly as to run away.
Moments later, he comes crashing through the door like a madman, sprints across the office, and smashes the window with the front of a ten-foot ladder. The group then helps him to secure the ladder into the window of the opposing building. It is then that you see the wisdom of what he was doing as those trapped people begin, one by one, to crawl across the ladder to safety.
I find it hard to say “St. Patrick’s Day” without an attempted Irish accent. That holiday has become a huge celebration throughout America. It’s the day when many remember the man who brought Christianity to Ireland, several centuries ago.
“While some Christians may stand back and at first criticize what we are doing when we use the holiday to reach the lost, we are sure that they will rejoice with us as they see sinners crawling to safety in Christ.”
Of course, we know that it was actually Catholicism that was established in Ireland. I don’t know about you, but I find that Catholics are easy to talk to about the things of God. There’s a wonderful openness, if the gospel is presented in love and with the right words.
Not only that, but when they understand the truth of salvation by grace alone, they make incredible Christians. Half of our executives at Living Waters have Roman Catholic backgrounds, and they became the most godly and fiery promoters of the biblical gospel of salvation by grace.
St. Patrick’s Day is a ladder by which we may reach those who are perishing. While some Christians may stand back and at first criticize what we are doing when we use the holiday to reach the lost, we are sure that they will rejoice with us as they see sinners crawling to safety in Christ.
While others gaze out from the perspective of tradition, smash the window. Don’t wait any longer. There is a terrible urgency. Don’t worry about what people think. Help us get the ladder across. Reach out to the unsaved by wishing people a warm, “Happy Saint Patrick’s Day,” then give them a gospel tract or a Ten Commandments Coin. Ask if they’d like some “green” in honor of the holiday then offer them a Million Dollar Bill. Go to parades and put the gospel into the hands of those who, if they died today, would end up in Hell. We are here to assist you in any way we can.
Enjoy this video for a fun idea of how you could turn this holiday into a full-blown outreach.