And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Ephesians 5:2
If you are someone trying your best to avoid all the hoopla over Valentine’s Day, then you are not alone.
Valentine’s Day is supposedly an ancient Roman festival known as Lupercalia (celebrated on February 15th) which purpose was to keep out an evil spirit and secure fertility.
The festival required that two young males would be covered in goat skin. The two young males pretended to be goats and would run around slapping people with goat skin strips. These young males represented the embodiment of sexuality. It was also in honor of Faunus a Roman religion.
Now imagine that.
The Lupercalia festival was around during Christian times and was kept around until the 5th Century.
It was Pope Gelasius I, Saint, who took Lupercalia as a Christian feast day around circa 496 declaring February 14th as St. Valentine’s Day. One explanation is that three early Christian saints with the same name of Valentine were all to have been martyred on February 14th.
But, whatever one chooses to believe about the celebration of Valentine’s Day, it brings a great deal attention about love.
Funny isn’t it how one day out of the year can bring such splendid and at the same time heartbreak and despair. And we know why. Valentine’s Day is not about the real meaning of love.
Now if we could only celebrate the love of loving like Christ shows to us each day, perhaps we wouldn’t have to wait for a pagan festival to tell us that we ought to show love to those we are close to.
Valentine’s Day Christian style would be a most beautiful day but it doesn’t exist and will never exist. Why?
Valentine’s Day Christian style is pretty much as a pagan festival today as it was in the beginning.
If we only consider overthrowing the commercialism of love and get down to the simple explanation of what Christ has taught us.
We should just live to love.
In Him Alone,
The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord
In 2016 1.7 Billion was spent on Valentine’s Day