I believe the most widely celebrated day all over the world which unites every race, and religion apart from New Year’s Day, is Valentine’s Day. Some call it “Lover’s Day”. It’s supposed to be the day lovers celebrate their love and would-be lovers declare their intentions.
The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged “Cupid” – Wikipedia
I don’t want to dwell so much on the history behind this celebration, usually marked with almost everyone decked out in red and white colors, and every major commercial building decorated in red and white, my concern is the way Christians join in this valentine frenzy.
Yes I understand that it seems harmless after all, it’s all about love and Christians are supposed to love right?
Here are my reservations:
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
1 John 2:15
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.
We live in this world but we do not belong here. We do not live by the system of this world. The word of God makes it very clear who we are and what we stand for. Yes some traditions of this world might look attractive and even “harmless”. But look carefully. What characterizes this celebration?
Ungodly relationships, Pre-Marital sex, Wild Parties, Drunkenness, Revelry, and all sorts..
As Christians, the life we live is a life of Love. We do not require a special day to show love. We are born of love and the love of God resides in us.
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
So how do we show love as Christians? It’s not by dressing up in red and white, exchanging teddy bears and ice cream cakes or attending dinners and parties. Look around you, when was the last time you won a soul for Christ? When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone to reach out to the poor?
You spent money, energy and time planning the perfect dinner, the perfect outfit, the perfect gift for your “boo”. Have you done the same planning an outreach?
Let’s check out how God showed his love for us:
1 John 4:9
God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.
So what happens when we love? We GIVE! Not just nicely packaged gifts with red ribbons, we give out lives, our money, our time, our talent, we give everything to the service of God and the cause of the gospel.
1 John 5-2
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.
Please study the word for yourself and let it show you if your celebration of Valentine’s Day is godly or not. Let the spirit of God guide you and show you what celebrating love really means.