What are we celebrating today? From many of the cards and popular “Valentine’s gifts” available, it looks like today is a celebration of promiscuous immorality (or just being blatantly coarse and perverse,) buttering others up with “love” gifts, fattening, not only each other, but also the chocolate makers pockets – and card companies, and floral shops, and jewelers. But is today really just a materialistic holiday, made to guilt people (primarily boyfriends and husbands) into giving gifts (expensive gifts, to REALLY show their love – one day a year)?
For many it is not. It truly is a day set aside to celebrate the true love they have for each other (that they show every day), even by giving special gifts today.
But today we celebrate something even deeper, the stand for biblical marriage (one man, one woman, for life,) and the good thing God says it is. Why do we celebrate this on February 14th?
On this day, in the year AD 298, a Christian pastor was brutally martyred. First, he was beaten with clubs. then stoned, and finally he was beheaded. His crime – standing for biblical marriage, that intimacy outside of marriage was sinful, and that marriage was designed by God as between one man and one woman. His name was Valentinus, a man who loved Jesus above all else and who refused to deny the faith. Today, as you enjoy your chocolate and trinkets, remember that the one who who is now called St Valentine gave his life in defense of biblical marriage, not rampant promiscuity or perversion. He did not succumb to the politically correct of his day. February 14 is a day that is not rose red, but blood red.
Thank you for writing this up so clearly, Pastor McDonald. And thank you Pastor Valentinus for your stand for biblical marriage.
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