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Officially Concerned

This coming weekend the “Unofficial” St. Patrick’s Day revelry takes place at the University of Illinois. I was informed it is tradition to be drunk for 24 hours straight, or at least to consume large quantities of alcohol. I write because I am burdened to condemn the drunkenness that will take place in great extent through the abuse of one of God’s good gifts. I write to those who gladly participate in such revelry. I write because I love all of these and care for where they will end up in eternity. I write because the truth needs to be spoken. I pray that you listen, because the truth needs to be heard.

Why do I condemn, you ask? Am I just trying to spoil everyone from having a good time? No, but I condemn drunkenness because the Creator of the world condemns drunkenness.

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

-Galations 5:19-21

“So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.”

-1 Thessalonians 5:6-9

Notice especially in the first passage, that “those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Those who do not repent of their sins for which Jesus Christ came to save will be condemned to the lake of fire. I implore you to seriously consider that. Hell is real. God is real. And Jesus will forgive you if you repent of your sins.

Notice in the second passage that those who are sober have put on the breastplate of love! Drunkenness, on the other hand, is for those who do not love – for those even who hate themselves! For to be drunk is to profane your own body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Do you know that St. Patrick, who is supposedly celebrated with these raucous, ludicrous “traditions” is known to have dedicated and risked his life to spreading Christianity?! He spread the good news that Jesus came to save the world, rose from the dead conquering death, ascended into Heaven, and is reigning now. He spread the truth of history, which is profaned by the drunken stupor of unofficial. Reflect on your actions. Turn to Jesus.

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

-Romans 10:9

I urge you to abstain from the sin of drunkenness. Enjoy the good gifts of God, but do not profane the Author of Life by being drunk. Repent of your sins. Choose life. And please take the time to listen to the following words of St. Patrick.


An officially concerned student

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

“I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.”

“I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.”

“I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet Well done in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, apostles’ word,
The patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord
And purity of virgin souls.”

“I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.”

“I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The Word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.”

“Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility
I bind to me these holy powers.”

“Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.”

“Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”

“I bind unto myself the name,
The strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.”