February 14 used to be called “St. Valentine’s Day” by everyone! It was not seen as an especially religious designation – even though “spiritual” icons like pictures of angels and hearts and other heavenly representations were and are frequently used on greeting cards and decorations for that treasured day. In addition, the designation of this special day by the name of a saint alluded to some to some Godly link. Nevertheless, the day has been a successful target of the current American radical secularization. And the mere word “Valentine” has become the designation for the kind of greeting card one sends to dear ones who are loved – and no longer the name of a heroic saint, pastor, and martyr from the 3rd century.
Have you noticed that the enduring “St.” of St. Valentine’s Day has now disappeared almost without notice? It is missing even in present references to this very special day in announcements at churches and in Christian organizations. For shame!
This notable brother in Jesus was born “Valentinus,” a common masculine Roman name meaning “healthy and strong.” When he became a gospel minister in Rome, he said and did a number of things that deeply irritated the pagan Roman authorities. For example, at great risk to himself, Valentine ministered to Christian brothers and sisters whom the rabidly anti-Christian authorities were persecuting severely. He openly identified with those fellow-believers who were objects of hateful violence – through both his caring and praying for them publically.
Pastor Valentine also stirred the ire of pagan authorities by teaching passionate faithful love in marriage, while also warning many people of the degrading sexual perversions of both the Roman leaders and many other people of his time. This pastor was a strong witness for the Gospel and for healthy, faithful, erotic behavior within Godly marital commitments – thereby honoring the LORD God, the inventor of sexual pleasure and passion. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the gracious creator and savior for all women and men. After all, “The passionate drive of love is a pure fire of the LORD” (Song of Songs 8:6) [www.songofsongs.info].
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Paul de Vries