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St.Patrick was More than the Namesake of St.Patrick's Day. He was a Culture Warrior.

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March 17, 2022 5:00 am

St.Patrick was More than the Namesake of St.Patrick's Day. He was a Culture Warrior.

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March 17, 2022 5:00 am

Today, Dr. Chris Hughes unveils to true story of St. Patrick, revealing that St. Patrick was a culture warrior in his time.

                    

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Get ready. It's one of America's most important, influential, and respected voices on cultural and political issues. An apologist, Christian political advocate, and author, here is the founder and chairman of the Citizens for America Foundation, Dr. Chris Hughes. Happy St. Patrick's Day. Today is the day we celebrate the life, or is it the death, of St. Patrick. The whole world is St. Patrick. Today is a kind of a different kind of show.

Since it is St. Patrick's Day and a holiday to some people, I thought we would talk about St. Patrick, who he is, and some of the traditions that are honored around the world on St. Patrick's Day. Well, I'm Chris Hughes. I want to welcome you to The Christian Perspective. You know, this is a show where we go in God's Word every day to develop a biblical worldview, and then we want you to take that biblical worldview into your everyday lives. But particularly, I encourage you to engage in the arena of public policy and politics, to elect godly men and women in office who will enact biblical legislation to help us take a stand on the Word of God. And I want to thank our sponsors, the Citizens for America Foundation, for sponsoring our show. You can learn more at citizensforamericafoundation.com.

That's citizensforamericafoundation.com. And at that site, you can learn about some events we've got coming up. We've got a great trip to Israel coming up in December, and we have a tour to Washington, D.C. that I'd love to have you join me on in June. I don't know if you've ever been to Washington, D.C., but a lot of the monuments and memorials there have a Christian heritage to them. And we're going to take you on that tour and teach you all about the Christian heritage, not only of our nation, but specifically Washington, D.C. and all that's going on there.

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They will make sure that when you leave there, you have a biblical worldview and that you can take a strong stand on the Word of God. Well, as I said today, we're going to take a kind of a deep dive into St. Patrick, who he is, who he was and what was going on back in his day and why we still remember him today. March 17th, folks, is St. Patrick's Day. And on this day, people are wearing green.

Everywhere you look, they're wearing green. They're eating corned beef and cabbage and maybe even soda bread. You know what I think before we get done today? Y'all remind me, I'm going to try to share a couple of recipes with you for some corned beef and cabbage. And I'll share two.

I tell you what, I'm going to go ahead and share a simple one now. And then towards the end of the show, if we have time, I'll give you another recipe for corned beef that is a little different than the standard corned beef recipe. But in between, after I give you this first recipe, we're going to jump into God's Word and look at what St. Patrick did for God and the stand he took in his culture that day. Because really, when we start to look at the culture of Ireland and the time of St. Patrick, it really reminds me of what's happening in the United States of America today. But we can be encouraged by the testimony of this one man, St. Patrick's what we call him today, but as you learn in a few minutes, that's not his real name.

We can be encouraged by the stand that he took in his culture and how he worked hard to impact the culture in Ireland for Jesus Christ. But first, let's start with corned beef and cabbage recipe for so those of you who see me, you know, I'm a short fat guy, and I love to eat. And I always look forward to St. Patrick's Day. I don't know if you're like me, I kind of wonder what, why do we only eat certain foods on certain holidays? Like I love the traditional holiday meal at Christmas and Thanksgiving and Easter, you know, where you have turkey and ham and dressing. But that's the only time we usually have that throughout the entire year.

I don't know why. Same with St. Patrick's Day. So today, I would encourage you to jump into a little bit of the culture of Ireland and have you some corned beef and cabbage if it truly is, which we'll learn later on, a food from Ireland. Either way, it's something that we celebrate and eat usually on St. Patrick's Day.

So here's the recipe. I want you to go to the store today and buy a corned beef. So basically it's a beef brisket.

It's not a very tender piece of meat, and it actually has quite a bit of fat in it. But the corned beef that you eat on St. Patrick's Day is really the same thing as if you went to a barbecue restaurant, you know, probably more in Texas than in some other areas of the country where they have barbecue beef. And so what you're going to get is that cut of meat that is packaged in a package and it has been seasoned into a way where it is now what they call the corned beef.

The regular brisket is raw and does not have the seasonings and has not been put in a marinade, if you will, to get that pinkish color that you'll see in the package of the corned beef. And inside that package, you will find a little seasoning package that you want to add to water. So when you buy that, I want you to buy a package, like a five pound package of little baby red potatoes and maybe buy you a couple of cabbages, depending how many people in your house.

I like to get a quarter cabbage per person. And you might want to have some corn on the cob as well. And you might even want to get a Hollandaise sauce. And, you know, we won't get into today how to make Hollandaise sauce, but you can buy a little packet right there in the spice section of the grocery store. It's much easier that way just to use that packet to make some Hollandaise sauce.

What Vicky and I like to do is we like to eat a spicy mustard with our corned beef. So anyway, when you get home, take that corned beef out of the package and you want to fill up a pot like a stew pot, or if you have a Dutch oven and put water in there and then get it boiling and drop that corned beef in there. And I cook that thing. When I do it, I boil it for about five hours, which is a very, very long time. But remember, I chose a lot of fat in that meat.

And it's also a very tough cut of meat, which is surprising for it to be so expensive when it's such a tough cut of meat. But I boiled that thing about five hours. And then about the last 30 minutes, I'll dump in my potatoes. So you want to be sure you leave room to add your potatoes, your cabbage and all that later on down the line.

And then the last 20 minutes or so I will put in, if you have corn, you can do that. But really what I do is put in cabbage and I cut the cabbage head. So I take a cabbage head and I cut it in quarters. And I want to give every person that's eating part of that meal, a quarter of the cabbage. And then the cabbage only boils about 20 minutes and it's done. And then if you want to serve it with Hollandaise sauce, you can, if you want to serve it. You know, even even with spicy mustard, like Ricky and I eat it, or it's good just to eat on its own. By the way, I also, I salt and pepper the water before I cook the corned beef and particularly the potatoes and cabbage and give them some spice as well. So there you go.

That's not what you plan to listen to when you come on my show today for culture engagement. But I thought I'd share a couple of recipes with you. And now we're going to jump in to St. Patrick. Who is St. Patrick? And how did all this start with St. Patrick day? Well, as I said, you know, today, March 17th, every year is a year that we celebrate the culture and the heritage of the people of Ireland or different holidays for different areas of the world. But for some reason, this day just has become a huge, huge event in the United States of America. It's a public holiday, not just in the United States, in a lot of countries. And it's celebrated in a national fest as a national festival more than any other day in more countries around the world.

I didn't realize that until I started researching it. Is it St. Patrick's day as a festival? Now I'm not saying it's celebrated more than Christmas or Easter, but as a festival, it's celebrated in more countries than any other holiday in our calendar year. And it all started as a day to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Now, some of you might be shocked today and think, well, I just thought it was a beer drinking festival or a time to wear green or whatever. But no, this day started as a religious holiday is a day to celebrate the time when Christianity entered Ireland.

And I think that's great when we as a nation and as a world can celebrate Christianity and the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. It's also a day where in countries around the world, there'll be festivals today. There'll be a lot of parades. And unfortunately in the United States, at least a lot of those parades have become very vulgar. I would tell you to be very careful about taking your kids to some of these parades because they've been taken over by some homosexual and transgender and other groups in many cases, particularly the United States. And it's also a day where people wear green.

So stick around with the show because we're going to tell you all those things came about. It's hard also for me to believe. So I've never been to Chicago for this day, but I think it's Chicago and maybe in Boston. And I don't know if Savannah does it yet, but a lot of areas around the country where they celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a big way is they dye the rivers of their town green.

Now those people are going all out when they're dying their rivers green. And it's hard to believe that that's going on. But how did it all start? Well, here we go.

Let's jump into it. As you know, right now, under the traditions of the Catholic Church, we're in a season that's called Lent. That's basically the time before the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated. And Lenten restrictions are placed in some religious traditions on eating and drinking alcohol and eating certain foods.

So you may recall that just in the month of February, there was a day called Fat Tuesday. And that's usually a time where there's a lot of sin and debauchery that goes on because that was the last day before Lent season, which is the 40 days prior to the celebration of Easter. And particularly in the tradition of the Catholic Church and other churches too, not just the Catholic Church, a lot of people would give up something is what they call giving up something for Lent, meaning for the 40 days prior to Easter, they might not drink alcohol, they might not smoke cigarettes, they might not watch TV.

You know, it could be a variety of things. Maybe you're not going to get on the internet today. But people would give something up during the Lent season prior to Easter. And so during this time, you were also forbidden to drink alcohol in many cases, at least in the old days. So the result would be what happens on St. Patrick's Day. According to those traditions, even though you're during Lent, because of the St. Patrick's Day celebration, people were allowed to hold off on that one day and go back and do the thing they were doing before. And because of that, there became an increased alcohol consumption on St. Patrick's Day. So that's why there's so much drinking and debauchery going on today, it became a big drinking day. You might think, well, I just thought the time when people got together and started drinking though, under the traditions of the Catholic faith, and again, some other faiths, they were not supposed to be drinking during Lent. They had this one day of grace in the middle of it between really when it starts on Ash Wednesday through the Easter celebration. This was the one day where under the traditions of certain religions, they were allowed to drink and it became a day where people just drank in excess. And St. Patrick's Day kind of became a drunken brawl. So I was a little slow getting into that. I gave you a little recipe. I've touched a little bit on St. Patrick's Day.

We're going to take a quick commercial break and come back. We're going to talk about who was St. Patrick? What are some of the legends about him? What's true?

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For a free transcript, call American Minute at 1-888-USA-WORD. Welcome back to The Christian Perspective. This is Chris Hughes. We're looking today at St. Patrick's Day. You know, this is the day where people are wearing green and acting silly all over the world and dressing like leprechauns and having parades, but it really didn't start out that way.

It was a day where people came together to celebrate the entrance of the Christian faith into the nation of Ireland. So who was St. Patrick? Well, there are a lot of legends about St. Patrick, and I got to tell you that a lot of those are not true. You know, there's one legend that I heard my whole life is that he banished all snakes from Ireland. And today, it's really believed that he probably didn't banish snakes from Ireland, that there may not have ever been snakes in Ireland in the first place. Now, that's going to probably get some people mad to hear about that, but that's what a lot of historians say is either there just weren't snakes there. I used to live in Hawaii.

In the same case in Hawaii, for the most part, there's almost no snakes in Hawaii except for what come there by sea or by airplanes today, and probably the same case in Ireland. It's also believed that much about what's told about St. Patrick today is exaggerated in folklore. So who was this guy? Well, as I said, his name was not Patrick when it all began, and I'm going to butcher his name, but his name was Mawin Sakat.

Mawin Sakat. So Mawin Sakat, who we call St. Patrick today, was born near the end of the fourth century. So historians think that he was probably born around the year of 1390, and believe it or not, he wasn't born in Ireland. He wasn't from Ireland. In fact, he was born into a wealthy family in Great Britain.

So if you look at a map, what we consider England, really Great Britain is an island and England is on that island, and then Ireland is a separate island kind of to the northwest of the northern area of the coast of Great Britain. And he was born in basically what's England today, and he was born into a fairly affluent family, and even though they consider themselves of Christian tradition, they really weren't that religious. And when he was about 16 years old, some invaders from Ireland came over into the main island of Great Britain, and they took who we know as St. Patrick as a prisoner. So these Irish raiders came into England, they grabbed St. Patrick, and then they took him back to Ireland.

Again, he was only 16 years old when this happened, and then they placed him in prison for six years. And while he was in prison, he probably did a lot of things. But one of the things that he did as a prisoner in Ireland is he was forced to be a shepherd of a flock. So he would stay out in the bad weather and take care of flocks of sheep.

And just imagine the situation where you're in, where they speak a different language, you are captured and not just taken away from your homeland, but really taken away from the entire island. And at that time, that was a big deal, taking over to this other Ireland nation in Ireland. And at some point during his imprisonment, he spent a lot of time from the research that I saw, he spent a lot of time where he was alone. And you know, a lot of times today, certainly as followers of Jesus Christ, that's a time where God can speak to us.

So he'd be alone out in these fields at night, with his sheep. And through this time, as I said, you know, he grew up in a Christian tradition, even though they weren't very religious as family, but he had heard about Jesus, he knew about Jesus. And it was through this time of imprisonment, that St. Patrick became a Christian. So maybe you're listening today, and you're not a Christian, and you don't know what I mean when I say a Christian. Well, a Christian is a person who is a follower of Jesus Christ.

It's a person who believes what the Bible says, that all of us were born as sinners. And as a result of our sin, that we deserve to pay a penalty for that sin. The Bible tells us that basically we all deserve to die and spend an eternity in hell one day because of the sin in our life. The Bible tells us that sin separates us from God. But the good news is, if we can admit our sins to the Lord, ask him to forgive us and repent, repent means that we're changing.

It's like driving down a road and doing the U-turn and coming back another way. If we repent of our sins, if we change the way that we live our lives and that we confess Jesus our Lord and Savior and promise to serve him all of our lives, then we will spend an eternity with Jesus Christ in heaven one day. We become followers of Jesus Christ, and that's what it means to be a Christian. So St. Patrick became a Christian, he grew very close to the Lord, and he felt a conviction that he needed to tell other people about Jesus.

And for those of you who are Christians, I encourage you to find that same conviction in your life that St. Patrick had. I believe that one of the primary responsibilities of every Christian is to tell other people about Jesus Christ. A lot of us aren't doing that today, we worry about things going on in the culture, babies being murdered through abortion and the terrible sexual revolution that's taking place in school systems where they're trying to indoctrinate and brainwash our children.

There's so many things going on in society today. If we want to change society, the best way to do is to lead society to Jesus Christ, to tell other people about Jesus. So here St. Patrick is in Ireland, he's a prisoner, and he is convicted of God that he needs to tell other people about Jesus, that he basically needs to become a missionary. A missionary is someone who just tells other people about Jesus, and that's exactly what each and every one of us as Christians are called to do is be on mission for Jesus.

Our mission in life should be to tell other people about Jesus. And Ireland at the time that we're talking about in the late 4th century was a pagan land, meaning they didn't believe in the God of the Bible, and that's where much of our country in the United States is today, where many people, millions and millions in the United States of America today, no longer believe in the God of the Bible. And just like Ireland at the time of St. Patrick, we are becoming a pagan nation. But St. Patrick had a burden for reaching the lost for Jesus Christ, and he began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity.

That's what I hope will happen to you that are listening to our show each and every day, is that you, just like St. Patrick did for Ireland, will begin to have a passion for the United States of America and the world as a whole, but most of you will never leave the United States, so for those of us here in the United States who have a passion to tell everybody that we know about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. At the age of 22, Patrick escaped from his imprisonment there in Ireland, and I'm not sure how he got back to Great Britain, I mean it had to be by boat, but somehow he escaped from being a shepherd. He's now 22 years old, remember he was 16 when he was taken captive, and he goes back to Great Britain. And while he's in Great Britain, legend has it that he began to hear voices. Basically he was spending quiet time with God, so y'all don't get nervous, I'm not saying that he heard an audible voice from God, but if you're a Christian you know what I mean, if you spend time in God's Word, spend time in prayer, there's that still quiet voice, almost like the conscience in you that when you're about to do something wrong tells you not to steal this, or not to commit adultery, or not to lie, or cheat, or whatever it may be, but he just felt this urging within him, he felt like God was speaking to him, and that God was telling him to go back to Ireland. Can you imagine, so you were taken away from your family as a 16 year old boy, you're taken to a foreign country, you don't speak the language, they beat him, they imprisoned him, they tortured him, they treated him worse than an animal, he finally escapes from that, and he goes back home, and he feels like God is calling him back to Ireland. He felt like God was calling him to be a missionary, so you know what he did?

He returned to Ireland. God's got that same call on our lives, each and every one of us, God wants us to tell everyone we know about Jesus, and in our culture today that's not easy, and I think about, I've got two of my children are in college, and the cancel culture that is on college campuses across the country today, if you dare say that you're a child of the living God, that you follow Jesus Christ, then the cancel culture comes after you. Y'all may have heard the show I had I guess a couple weeks ago, Grace from Students for Life, who's a junior at a college campus in the north, in the northeast, and she was talking about how she was shocked when she went to that college campus because she thought that they would be against her because of her beliefs on abortion, that she believed abortion was a crime and a sin and was wrong and abortion was murder, but what she found out it wasn't, sure they were mad about that, but what they disliked most about her is that she boldly proclaimed the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and that's how it was for Saint Patrick. So for the next 15 years or so, this man who, remember he was 16, was kidnapped, he's 22 when he returns home, for the next 15 years he studies the Bible and trains himself in the word of God and learning what the Bible says and what he should do and how he should do it, how he could be used by God, and in that course of time he eventually becomes an ordained priest and he dedicates his life to converting the people of Ireland to Christianity. Remember that's what we're really celebrating today on Saint Patrick's day, we're not celebrating getting drunk or wearing green, we're celebrating the converting of people in Ireland to Christianity and to come and to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ. So before he returned to Ireland, Patrick was ordained as a priest, remember that wasn't his real name, and he changed his name at the time he became ordained to Patrickus, or Patrick, and that's inspired by the Latin root word pater, which means father, like pater, father, and so he goes back to Ireland and he becomes this great missionary force in the land of Ireland telling other people about Jesus. Now if you want to learn more about Saint Patrick, and we're going to keep talking about him in Saint Patrick's day, if you want to learn more about it, he actually wrote two books about his life.

One's called Confessio and the other is called Epistola, that's e-p-i-s-t-o-l-a, and the other Confessio is c-o-n-f-e-s-s-i-o, and those are written by him and you can learn more about his life by reading what he wrote about it, about his own life and his adventures in Ireland and his missionary time, in Ireland. So remember, just like the United States today, when he decided to be used by God, and that's why I love the story of Saint Patrick, he's just one guy. Some of you, and I meet people all over the country and people say, Chris, God can't use me, I'm only one person.

Listen, it only takes one person. Most of Ireland was a pagan nation and they didn't believe in God and they didn't want to hear God's word, but here one man was obedient to God's word and he went into this country and he took a stand for Jesus in the culture. He was beaten and he was imprisoned by pagan chiefs and royalty, but he stood on the word of God and because of that we're remembering his life today and what he did to turn a nation around and to turn that nation to Jesus. We're talking about Saint Patrick's Day today and I hope that you'll go out and cook some delicious corned beef and cabbage.

I shared one recipe early on in the show which is kind of a basic recipe, but when we come back we're going to talk more about Saint Patrick's Day and we'll talk about the clover and why that plant is special on Saint Patrick's Day as we're learning that this is a day not to get drunk, it's not a day about wearing green, it's a day to remember a man who took a stand and impacted the culture for Jesus Christ in Ireland and turned that nation back, they said, praise to Jesus Christ. Y'all stick around, we'll be right back with more of a Christian perspective after these messages. The United States of America has a strong Christian heritage, but most Americans don't know the truly important role that God in the Bible played in the founding of this great nation. This June, join nationally syndicated radio host and founder of the Citizens for America Foundation, Dr. Chris Hughes, for four amazing days in our nation's capital. With Chris, you'll embark on a journey of discovering the hidden secrets of Washington DC and rediscover much of America's forgotten Christian heritage. Your tour will include an up-close and personal look at the nation's establishment and how it's evolved over the centuries. Learn about the government and the men who helped forge this new kind of republic, one that acknowledged the creator from its very inception.

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I'm not having a guest today. The entire show today is dedicated to understanding who St. Patrick was and what this day is all about while we celebrate it. If you are just joining us now, we talked about the man who we know today as St. Patrick. He was actually from Great Britain. He was kidnapped at the age of 16, taken prisoner, and returned to Ireland until he was 22 years old.

When he escaped from Ireland and went back to Great Britain, he felt like God put a tug on his heart to go back and be a missionary. He spent 15 years training and he was ordained a priest, and that's when he was given the name Patrickus or Patrick as we call it in the English language today and became known as St. Patrick and went back to Ireland, a pagan nation who did not have any love or concern about the God of the Bible or Jesus or the Holy Spirit. But St. Patrick shared the good news of Jesus Christ and led a nation to Jesus, and they became a great Christian nation for many, many centuries. Well, you know, part of St. Patrick's Day is people talk about the luck of the Irish and the clover plant as a special significance in St. Patrick's Day.

You ever wondered why that is? You know, as you go out today, you're probably going to see a lot of people with shamrocks. A shamrock is just a little green plant.

They might have it on their hats they're wearing today or on the lapel pin or even on their clothes. We call it a three-leaf clover. You know, when I was a kid, we talked about a four-leaf clover bringing a lot of good work, good luck to people, but the three-leaf clover is now synonymous when people think about Ireland and particularly about St. Patrick's Day. Well, in Ireland, that three-leaf clover is called a shamrock and a shamrock was a sacred plant that symbolized spring, and you know, that kind of what's happening in March is the weather is beginning to change, it's still cold some, but spring is coming and the people of Ireland could have hope when they saw this three-leaf clover, the shamrock coming up out of the ground because they knew that the seasons were changing and that spring, which is a time of rebirth and growth, was just around the corner. You know, today we use a lot of tools when we talk about Jesus and St. Patrick actually used the shamrock, and that's why it's famous today. Now, you're not going to hear that in the pagan culture of why it's really famous.

It wasn't so much famous for the spring at that time, what it became famous for is because St. Patrick used this plant as a tremendous witnessing tool to tell other people about Jesus. I think back in my life and in the church years, the different kinds of evangelism tools, and maybe some of you have used some of these tools, there used to be a tool called FAITH, F-A-I-T-H, where you would memorize words and Bible verses to go along with each letter in the word FAITH, you know, F and A, each member of the alphabet to talk about how someone can come to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. The same was with evangelism explosion. Evangelism explosion was pretty detailed, you had to spend a lot of time learning that evangelism tool, but it was a tool that could be used by other people to reach Jesus Christ. I don't know, a month or so ago we had on our show, Pastor Travis Burt.

You might have heard that show, if you didn't, I encourage you to go back and listen to it. Travis Burt is a missionary and he's with EastWest Ministries and he's over a large portion of the world. He's a vice president with them where they send missionaries out and he shared with us different ways that they tell other people about Jesus and one of the ways, one of his favorite tools that he uses to tell other people is called the three circles. You know, a lot of us talk about, you know, well I'm scared, I don't know how to tell other people about Jesus, I don't have a seminary degree, I'm not a preacher. Listen, you don't have to have a seminary degree to tell other people about Jesus, you just need to pray each and every day and I encourage you to do this, that God will send someone to you for you to tell about him and then when he does, you need to have the courage to share your story of what Jesus has done in your life.

You don't need to share what Pastor Travis did, you don't need to share what Saint Patrick did, you don't need to share what Chris Hughes did. God will send people to you that need to hear your story of how Jesus worked in your life and if you want to learn some of the ways to tell other people about Jesus, faith is a great way, it's just f-a-i-t-h or evangelism explosion but one of the easiest ways is something called the three circles and if you heard that show, you know that Pastor Travis told us how to draw three circles and talk about sin and how people go from the sin and eventually get to having a relationship with Jesus because that's what it means to be a Christian is we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Another tool, my friend David Burton who's an evangelist, gives away these little red dots, it's just a little tiny little dot that you stick on your watch and that reminds him like if you put it like a two or three o'clock time on your watch, when it gets that time throughout the day, he remembers if I haven't told anybody about Jesus, I need to do that now but the other thing is is the dot becomes a witnessing tool so if he you know makes a show of looking at what time it is on his watch and somebody's with him, they see that red dot, they say hey you spilled something on your watch, actually that then opens the door for him to tell them no, this dot represents the blood of Jesus Christ and he talks about how we're all sinners, how we need to be redeemed for our sins and how God sent his only son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins and mine and because of him dying on the cross and rising again from the grave on the third day, we get to spend an eternity in heaven one day and that's called the red dot. Another really cool tool for evangelism today is called the evangelic cube, I don't know if you've seen it, it's a little square, it kind of looks like almost like a Rubik's cube except it's not tricky to use like the Rubik's cube cube is but it has paintings on it and you turn it different ways and it basically goes through the salvation story so it's a visual tool to remind you of what you need to say when you're witnessing to somebody and telling them about Jesus and it gives if they're visual learners then not only are they hearing what you're saying but visually can see the story that just is displayed as you turn that cube different ways and they can see it so that's called the evangelic cube. I encourage you to look at all these tools and figure out ways that you can tell people about Jesus. Well the time of Saint Patrick you know in the late 300s and the time and leading up to the end of the 4th century he didn't have evangelic cubes and a pencil to draw three circles or all these other wonderful evangelism tools but one day when he was going to tell somebody about Jesus he looked down on the ground because they were everywhere and he saw one of these three leaf clovers which is called a shamrock and he said you know what if I pick that up and I use that I can use that shamrock to tell other people about Jesus so he pulled that shamrock up and he began to use those three leaves on that plant to talk about the trinity God the Father God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and as he used that all across the country it became a symbol of an evangelism tool of the trinity of God God the Father God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and that's how today it's now been twisted into kind of a good luck charm but really it was just an evangelism tool that was used to reach other people for Jesus Christ so you know that if we want to find a way to tell people about Jesus there's a way to do it and you know we can find it anywhere in life there's easy ways and if we just pray that God will send us people to tell about him he will and the Bible tells us in Luke 12 that the Holy Spirit will even give us the words to say so I encourage you remember we're encouraging you on this show each and every day to impact the culture for Jesus there's no greater way to impact the culture for Jesus than to lead the culture to Jesus and tell other people about the saving grace of Jesus Christ so that's the shamrock and we and we talked about the influence it had on the people and how it's become a symbol today of Irish nationalism so how does Saint Patrick's Day become what it is today Saint Patrick's Day really started as a minor religious holiday in 1631 the church declared it a feast day and the pubs were closed and observers would go to church on Saint Patrick's Day kind of that's a big change from where we are today where at that time it was a time to really get close to God and recognize God and love God and today it's become almost a drunken brawl particularly the United States and other countries around the world but the first Saint Patrick's Day parade was even before that and and believe it or not the first Saint Patrick's Day took place in the United States of America I don't know if any of you've heard in Florida there's there's a place in Florida where people believe the fountain of youth is and so Saint Patrick's Day parade uh first happened when ancient Spanish documents were discovered that showed the first recorded parade in the honor of Saint Patrick was in Saint Augustine Florida that's right there so right if you know where Jacksonville is it's kind of just south of Jacksonville on the west coast northwest coast of Florida was a Spanish settlement which is the oldest continuous settlement in the United States of America today it's called Saint Augustine Florida and again it's where people believe there's a legend that there was a fountain of youth there which we're not talking about today we're talking about Saint Patrick's Day but it's on that spot in that settlement where they held the first Saint Patrick's Day parade and and that took place I believe it was in 1601 in that Spanish settlement and Saint Patrick at that time was regarded as the patron saint of corn in that settlement and so since the early days the parade tradition has now spread across the United States and abroad and even back into its home country of Ireland so now you've learned about the shamrock and where that came from you've learned about the parade came from uh the the Spanish settlement of all places not an Irish settlement like we would think but a Spanish settlement all because Saint Patrick was the saturn paint of corn at that time and and it was a time where they wanted to celebrate corn and honor this saint who was a patron saint of corn in 1601 in Saint Augustine in Florida so where did the food traditions come from well you all know now we're getting to what I like to talk about because I love to eat as I said I shared a recipe in the beginning of the show and I'll share one more which is a really interesting one you're going to want to try this by the end of the show uh the eating of corn, beef and cabbage and potatoes did not start in Ireland it started the United States kind of like the french fry is not really from France it's from the United States so you know we have this tradition today where we think we got to go eat corn, beef and cabbage today and potatoes but that's not Irish at all it started the United States here's how it came about there was an Irish potato famine from 1845 to 1852 and during that famine nearly a million Irish people immigrated to the United States so when they came here they were very poor they were discriminated against a lot of people back then really hated the Irish people and they were treated very badly by a lot of people in the United States so at that time a lot of the immigrants lived near Jewish neighborhoods because these were poor neighborhoods and the Jewish people would eat corn beef because remember by their traditions of the Jewish religion they are not supposed to eat pork and certain other shellfish and other things but corn beef was something that Jewish butchers prepared for Jewish people so I'm going to tell you more about that that are you tasting corn brief right now did you picture the Jewish butcher getting that meat ready I did and come back we're going to continue talking about food traditions at Saint Patrick's day and how Saint Patrick was a cultural warrior in his day y'all stick around we'll be right back with more of a Christian perspective after these messages. 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who was Saint Patrick and what was he doing at that time when we found out that Christianity was spread throughout Ireland under the man that we now call Saint Patrick and we started celebrating that day as a day to celebrate the uh the entrance of Christianity into Ireland not the drunken brawls that we celebrate today we learned about earlier in the show if you didn't listen to it or hear it earlier I encourage you to listen to the podcast later today on your favorite podcast outlet and we learned about the shamrock and the significance of how Saint Patrick used the shamrock the three leaf clover to tell people about the trinity of God the Father God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as he witnessed to people all over Ireland because that plant was available for him to use as an example everywhere he went and then right before the break we were talking about some of the food traditions we found out that corn beef and cabbage and potatoes was not something that started in Ireland but started in the United States and it started because many of the Jewish excuse me of the Irish immigrants who came here during the Irish potato famine from 1845 to 1852 lived near Jewish neighborhoods and so they would go eat a piece of meat that even though it's very expensive if you buy it today corn beef was not a really good cut of meat it has a lot of fat in it and it's very tough and chewy unless you cook it for a long time but they would go buy this meat from Jewish butchers and delis it had nothing to do with food in Ireland but Irish people ate it the reason they ate it is because it was cheap and it was served with cabbage and potatoes and sometimes even turnips basically a lot of filler food you know the cabbage and turnip potato would fill you up and you get a little bit of this uh cheap beef called corn beef and the people in Ireland actually rarely ate beef it became an Irish American tradition and that began to be associated with Saint Patrick's Day because remember Saint Patrick's Day celebrations is they spread across the United States and this was a tradition in the United States where poor Irish people would eat corn beef all right so we talked about the clover we talked about Saint Patrick we've talked about the corn beef a lot of people wear green on Saint Patrick's Day if you look around today everywhere you go people at work people at school all around the world people are wearing green in fact some cities around the world today will paint or light iconic monuments green with like the Sydney Opera House I think tonight is supposed to be green the pyramids at Gaza will be green the Eiffel Tower all will be lit green and as I mentioned earlier in the show the Chicago River will be dyed green today why is that I remember when I was a kid I don't know if kids still do it in school today but when I was a kid and you went to school we you know I had to tell my mom you know mom I got to wear green today because if you didn't wear green on Saint Patrick's Day you'd be pinched why in the world is the color green associated why are the little leprechauns that we see you know why are they wearing green I never knew why until I dug into it wanted to find out well here's the facts prior to 1798 if there was any color that was associated with Ireland it was going to be blue not green the color blue was associated with the Irish flags and we used prominently as a color in the royal court in Ireland but the Irish rebellion began in 1798 and that changed the emphasis of the color from blue to green why was that well you remember when we had the Revolutionary War in 1776 you remember when the British fought against the Patriot soldiers remember what the British were called they were called the redcoats you know why they were called the redcoats because they wore red uniforms Irish soldiers began to wear green clothing because green was the greatest contrast to the red uniforms of the British did you know that all because of a war that began in 1798 the Irish rebellion against the British and because the British were wearing red the people of Ireland and particularly the military people in Ireland began to wear green to contrast the color from the British redcoats now that to me was an interesting fact well today we know that Ireland's really become you know unfortunately a very secularized place what happened I mean here we have this time we're at the end of the 300s and going into about 400 and later uh ad after Jesus death that Ireland was a pagan nation and this man who we call today Saint Patrick felt like God was calling him to be a missionary and go back to the island where he had been kidnapped and imprisoned and to tell these pagan people about the saving grace of Jesus Christ it reminds me really of what's happening in the United States today all those people got saved back then in Ireland and they were changing the world for Jesus and over time they became secularized and they turned against the God of the Bible well that's the same thing that's happened in the United States today in the 1700s when our country was founded I don't care what historical revisionists tell you today our nation was founded on Christian principles most of the articles of the constitution of the United States come from things in the Bible and really at its original roots in the 10 commandments but you can trace back everything just about in the constitution back to God's word many of our early founding fathers were strong Christians and and people like to say well you know Benjamin Franklin wasn't well it was Benjamin Franklin who called people in the Continental Congress and told them they had to start every session and prayer when there was discussions or arguments they would stop and they would take a time of prayer our nation was founded on biblical principles and as a Christian nation and we have forgotten that today you know for the first hundred years in schools and public schools you know the textbook that was used the Bible do you know that check it out for the first hundred years in our nation the Bible was the primary textbook across the United States of America today and today no teacher is allowed to talk about God's word or to have prayer or anything else in public schools just like Ireland we've become very secularized and Ireland's become one of the most secularized countries in the world today there are a lot of reasons for a decline in Christianity in Ireland and many of those things as I said are we're seeing the exact same things happen right now in the United States one of the things that happened in Ireland it's happening right now as many people became religiously unaffiliated you know they quit going to church that's happening in the United States of America today particularly the younger generations a lot of people don't go to church George Barna who's a Christian pollster recently put out statistics that said that people who were considered faithful churchgoers may only attend church once every three weeks is that really faithful y'all we're supposed to be the bride of Christ you know think about it men if your wife only came home once every three weeks would you consider her faithful I don't think so we have become religiously unaffiliated we don't go to God's word we don't read God's word we don't go to the house of God anymore and the same thing that happened to Ireland is happening in the United States of America right now and I know some of y'all are going to get mad at me and send me bad emails over what I'm about to say but that's okay I want to tell you that one of the major reasons for the problems in Ireland today and it really started changing is when they legalized same-sex marriage the same thing is happening in the United States of America today marriage is not a government institution look in God's word marriage was created by God God intended marriage to be a union between one man and one woman for life that means he didn't intend divorce and easy way to get out of marriage like we do today and God intended marriage not to be between a man and a man or man or a woman or a man and some animal God intended marriage to be a union between one man and one woman another thing that really hurt Ireland same things happen in the United States in 2018 Ireland legalized abortion I want to tell you that God's never going to bless a nation who condones the murdering of unborn babies and right here in the United States since 1973 there have been over 63 million babies who've been brutally murdered through abortion in the United States of America it's happened right here today people have moved further and further away from God in the United States just like they did in Ireland they've moved away from the belief of the bible as the infallible and sufficient inspired word of God Saint Patrick's day was started as a day to honor a man who literally began a move to lead a nation to the saving Jesus saving grace of Jesus Christ you might ask today well Chris how could one person make a difference he did Saint Patrick is living proof that one man one woman can make a difference Saint Patrick committed himself to leading as many people as possible to Jesus and the Christian culture in Ireland and it stood for centuries after he did that but unfortunately it began to unravel which is exactly what's happening in the United States of America today I want to share with you I told you I'd give you one more recipe before we got off but I want to encourage you to remember that today we're celebrating a nation as they turn to Jesus Christ to take a stand on the word of God and the same thing that happened in Ireland can happen in the United States but the good news is just as God used one man Saint Patrick to lead a nation to Jesus he can use you and he can use me to turn the United States of America back to the saving grace of Jesus Christ so here's the recipe I gave you one earlier go get you a corned beef you can buy it at any grocery store take it out wash it off cover it in brown sugar I know this sounds crazy and then put it in a crock pot or a dutch oven and cover it in a stout brown Irish beer I'm not telling you to drink the beer so don't get mad at me about that I'm just telling you to pour the beer over it will cook the alcohol out of it and that brown sugar will caramelize it's a really different sweeter tasting corned beef so you cover it in brown sugar cover it in a brown stout beer not like not an American style beer and cook it you know four or five hours until it's just fall apart and it's delicious to eat all right so you know I did a little different show today instead of having a guest I wanted to talk about Saint Patrick's day and I just want to encourage you today to take the time to thank God for men and women like Saint Patrick who are willing to stand up in their culture and pray that God might rise you up and others today so we can impact the culture for Jesus how can we do this know what we believe and why we believe it secondly we have to love the people and third we need to have a confidence in the gospel for Jesus Christ thank you for joining me today I'm here each and every day on your favorite radio station later today you can pick us up in your favorite podcast network until next time let's get the word of God and go impact the culture with Jesus thank you for listening the Christian perspective with Chris Hughes learn more about impacting the culture for Jesus visit citizensforamericafoundation.com this is the truth network
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