TOPIC: ST. VALENTINE
QUESTION: WHAT IS VALENTINE'S DAY? IS IT WRONG FOR A CHRISTIAN TO CELEBRATE IT?
The origin of St. Valentine holiday for the expression of love is not really romantic at all. Saint Valentine was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudius who persecuted the church at that time, he had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young soldiers. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them, their wives or families if they died.
Saint Valentine secretly married them because of the edict. Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies against the command of Emperor Claudius, the second. There are legends surrounding Valentine's actions while in prison, one of the men who was to judge him in line with the Roman law at that time was a man called Asterius, whose daughter was blind. He prayed with the young girl and healed the young girl with such astonishing effect that Asterius himself became Christian as a result.
In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three-part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius' daughter. He inspired today's romantic letters by signing it, "from your Valentine."
There is no biblical reason why Christians should not celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving their loved ones flowers, candy and/or cards. As with celebrating any holiday, the decision should be between the individual and God. Some people feel very strongly that observing any secular holiday is wrong while others see it as harmless. The important thing to remember is that celebrating or not celebrating holidays should not be a cause for pride or division among Christians.