On February 14th every year, Christians celebrate Valentine’s day. Taking a good look at my calendar, I can see it’s almost closer. Valentine’s day will fall on Monday, February 24th, 2022.
The history and the stories about this mysterious St. called Valentine have been presented to us in different ways. However, we have come to see how the celebration goes.
Its origins and purpose may have nothing to do with Christianity. But Christians have “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. We must be very cautious about how we throw ourselves into the world.
My concern is “Do we do what pleases God during these festivities?” Well, let me give you a quick story before I continue.
I mentioned “Lupercalia.” This Lupercalia is known to be an ancient Roman ritual god of fertility (Faunus). It is believed the celebrations(on 15th February/middle of the month) make women more fertile and crops also produce in abundance.
The most recognized story igniting love among Christians comes from St. Valentine, who died as a martyr in A.D. 270.
He died in the name of love and so anytime we hear of ‘Valentine’ love comes into mind. Thus the statement ‘be my Valentine’: A kind of signature he sent to his supposed lover while in prison.
St. Valentine chose to defy Emperor Claudius II’s command of not blessing marriages for young men —because they make better soldiers than those with wives and children. Valentine saw the injustice and so performed marriages for young lovers in secret.
Believing it is God’s ideal plan for young men to join with their women in marriage.
The Emperor finding out what St. Valentine has done put him to death. Now on February 14th —many countries around the world celebrate his legacy by placing much importance on romantic love and marriage.
Christians celebrate Valentine’s day to commemorate his death and the role played in marriages.
From the 17th century, the celebration has gained momentum with many others celebrating it to show their love.
In our 21st century, it has become one of the biggest celebrations in the lives of Christians. But the question is; how do Christians celebrate it? Does what transpire during the celebration glorify God? Im not holding unto the root or the history. It will spark a compelling argument that wouldn’t be beneficial…
Unfortunately, it has become a moment of promoting fornication and adultery all in the name of Valentine’s day. Night clubs, wild parties, drunkenness, etc,
In Jude 1:19 the Bible talked about ungodly desires and why it doesn’t fit into a true Christian’s life.
“These people are divisive, worldly, devoid of the Spirit” (Jude 1:19)
Again, it’s been commercialized and so had become a season of making money. Organizers will do anything possible (even if it displeases God) to make money. It seems Christians are forgetting that they are in this world but don’t belong to it. (John 17:14)
According to history, 145 million, Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year. Thus making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. Christmas comes first in this respect.
So it’s a very big celebration that cuts across the world. People send Other items like chocolates, apparel etc,
Too much attention has been given to romantic love in an ungodly way. If Christians wouldn’t fear God and refrain from sexual sin (1 Corinthians 6:18) then they are calling on God’s anger.
May we live wisely in this world. If you are celebrating Valentine’s Day this year on 14th February, make sure the media or no one lures you to fulfill your fleshly desires in a sinful or an ungodly way. Walk in the Spirit but not in the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
Are we running from sexual sin as stated in 1 Corinthians? Huh… It’s quite the opposite. This so-called Valentine’s day had become a yardstick for many Christians to live in sexual perversion.
The idea behind this celebration is to ignite romantic love. But are we doing it in a godly way? God instituted marriage and so must be held in high esteem.
This is just a reminder for all the children of God not to compromise their Christian faith and values for something else.
God is love and so anyone who does not love is not of God. Interestingly the most hashtag used on the internet is #love. That is about 2.1 billion ‘#love’ appear in posts on the Internet. You may have been tagging it in some of your posts as well.
Love is a beautiful thing. Let’s embrace it with the fear of God. No one is preventing you to express your love to your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, wife-to-be, husband-to-be, families, friends, etc. Do that with genuine love.
Finally, remember that perfect love cast out fear. This is my pre-valentine message to you. Be vigilant and make good use of every opportunity you get in this sinful God.