Summary: How Christians Should Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Pastor Allan Kircher
Shell Point Baptist Church
16 February, 2014
How Christians Should Celebrate Valentine’s Day
• Friday was Valentine’s Day
• Have you ever wondered how Valentine’s Day got started?
• Here’s the story:
• Approx. 250 years after Jesus/born in Bethlehem
• Claudius Emperor of Rome
• people called/Claudius the Cruel
• St. Valentine didn’t like Emperor Claudius
• He wasn’t/only one! Many people felt the same way.
Claudius wanted a big army
• Thought men should volunteer to join.
• Many men just did not want to leave home
• Didn’t want to go off to fight in wars.
• Didn’t want to leave/girlfriends/wives.
• So, not many men volunteered/Roman army
• Made Emperor Claudius very angry.
He had a crazy idea if men were not married, they would be more inclined to join his army.
• So Claudius decreed/no more marriages.
• Young people thought his new law was really cruel.
• Valentine thought it was ridiculous!
• One/favorite duties/priest/marry people.
After Emperor Claudius passed his law, Valentine kept on performing marriage ceremonies – but secretly.
He would whisper the words/ceremony while on the steps.
We’ll get more of the St. Valentine story a little later
• How do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?
• Stand up/truth/proclaim/Gospel/God’s love.
• Ps. 40:9-10
Sometimes it is:
• Dangerous/stand up against injustice/hatred/prejudice
• difficult to oppose the world’s view of things
• Difficult to proclaim the truth of God’s Love.
• But that is what St. Valentine did!
• That is what we are called to do!...
1 Cor. 1:18 says…
• So we can expect opposition/unsaved!
• Our message is foolishness to them!
• not always going to be easy to stand up for Jesus
• won’t always be easy to tell of His love
• Doesn’t give us an excuse for remaining silent!
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit Apostle Paul writes in Romans 1:16… “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Paul explains how boldness to proclaim the truth comes to us.
Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
It was Holy Spirit power and agape love for Jesus/transformed a band of scared disciples/day Jesus was crucified into a bold team of Gospel proclaimers.
According to tradition, all of Jesus’ disciples except John died horrible deaths rather than deny their Lord.
They all went out under dangerous conditions…