It wasn’t at all surprising to hear that our esteemed leaders had missed the whole point of St Andrew’s day when they were asked to give their thoughts on the celebration yesterday.
Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of having a “strong Scotland – with its own identity and achievements to celebrate. That’s what St Andrew’s Day is all about.” Sorry David, but that is not what St Andrew’s Day is about at all. St Andrew’s Day is a celebration of the life of a great Saint! It is not exclusively a celebration of all things Scottish. Rather, it is the celebration of a life of a man who loved God and loved His Word. The concept that St Andrew’s Day is a Scottish celebration stems only from the fact that St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland.
New First Minister Nicola Sturgeon waded in suggesting that St Andrew’s Day was “a wonderful time to reflect on Scotland’s many contributions to the world – our people, our history and our culture.”
While this statement is well meaning for Scotland, it misses the point of the occasion.