St. Patrick's Day is a time to honor the monk who brought Christianity to Ireland. Unfortunately, today, as an article by John Lang for Scripps Howard News Service put it, "St. Patrick's Day has emerged as one of the deadliest days in the United States and is an unholy ritual of drunkenness."
He goes ahead to say that "There is a higher percentage of traffic deaths related to alcohol on this day than any other day of the year." Nearly 63% of accidents on St. Patrick's Day relate to alcohol abuse. By comparison, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it's 52% on New Year's Day, 51% on Memorial Day, 47% on July 4 and 46% on Thanksgiving. On an ordinary day of the week, it's about 40%.
It's truly sad that we've made "celebrating" the holidays an excuse to consume large amounts of alcoholic beverages with the inevitable results. There are several things we need to think about. Perhaps one reason New Year's resolutions are so often broken is that a high percentage of them are made under the influence of alcohol. Then, I question if consuming alcohol on Memorial Day is the proper way to honor the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom.
On July 4, celebrating our freedom as a nation should be a sobering moment, as should our celebration of Thanksgiving Day, when we are reminded of God's goodness to the Pilgrims and His continued bountiful provisions for today.
I'm convinced that if we celebrate with sobriety we will have a great deal more to smile about ... especially the morning after. See you at the top!
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