Should a Christian Celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day is a day celebrated annually on February 14th. It is dedicated to celebrating love and affection. People however differ in their object of love celebration. Some dedicate Valentine’s day to celebrating love and affection between romantic partners, while others choose to celebrate their friends and others their family members. Whoever anyone chooses to celebrate is totally up to them. What unifies everyone that chooses to recognize February 14 as Valentine’s day is that love and affection of some type are celebrated. More recently, Valentine’s Day has majorly been about the celebration of romantic love.
What is the Origin of Valentine’s Day
Just like many other practices in contemporary times, the origin of Valentine’s Day is not clear. There is however a widespread belief that Valentine’s Day originated as a Christian feast day honouring Saint Valentine, a martyr who was executed during the Roman Empire. Over time, the holiday evolved into a celebration of love and romance, and is now recognized as a popular cultural holiday in many countries worldwide.
On Valentine’s Day, lovers make it a point of duty to exchange gifts, such as chocolates, flowers, and cards, with those they love. Couples often celebrate the day by going out for a special meal or spending quality time together, while others use the occasion to show appreciation for their friends and family.
In recent times, Valentine’s Day is fast becoming a carnival and a day to confirm if you are truly loved or being played by your romantic partner. There is an unspoken belief that a lady who doesn’t get a Valentine’s gift or whose significant other plays a disappearing act under the guise of busyness, is a side chick(a pass time girlfriend). In many countries, Valentine’s Day is observed at schools. Students are asked to wear outfits with a touch of red and to exchange gifts. Some organisations also celebrate Valentine by decorating their spaces in red and white and exchanging gifts.
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Should a Christian Celebrate Valentine?
Whether or not a Christian should celebrate Valentine’s Day is a matter of personal interpretation and belief. There is no mention of Valentine, Saint Valentine or Valentine’s Day in the Bible.
Some Christians view Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate love and affection for their partners, friends, and family, and see it as a positive and uplifting holiday. Others may see it as a secular holiday that is focused on romantic love and may not align with their beliefs and values.
While some Christians argue that Valentine’s Day is just another celebration like Christmas which is also not mentioned in the Bible, widely celebrated by many Christians worldwide, others argue that the spirit behind the celebration of Christmas is the birth of the saviour and shouldn’t be compared to the celebration of romantic love which is most times fornication and adultery.
As with other issues not explicitly stated in the Bible, the rule of what glorifies God kicks in.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God1Corinthians 10:31
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him.Colossians 3:17
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to celebrate Valentine’s Day is a personal one and should be based on individual beliefs and values, but as a Deliberate Christian, if you choose to celebrate Valentine’s, truthfully ask yourself the following questions
- Does this celebration glorify the name of the Lord Jesus?
- Can Souls be drawn to Christ through this celebration?
- Will this celebration cause other believers to stumble?
- Will this celebration count against me on the last day?
If your answer to Number 1 and 2 are yes and your answer to number 3 and 4 are NO, then you know you can celebrate Valentine’s
It’s important for Christians to consider not just their own feelings and convictions but what the word says as pertains to all issues including the celebration of Valentine’s Day.
- Will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year?
- If yes, why?
- If no, why not?
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