Valentine’s Day |Part 2

Hey there lovely people

I’m currently listening to Unconditionally by Katy Perry . You should be aware that I’m a music lover and even if my voice isn’t really awesome, I still enjoy singing.

Valentine’s day just passed and I know most of you went out to different eateries, some were held up my lectures and classes in school, other had more important things to do, some were in bed _ while some others  were at church. All the same, it wasn’t different from any other Valentine that I’ve witnessed.

I thought my valentine was going to end with me eating rice and stew while watching “The 100″ (a movie) but fortunately for me it went better than expected. We had a family outing in the evening and I ended my day eating cake while watching “The 100”. 

I would have posted my outfit but I wasn’t really in the mood for pictures. All I wanted to do was to watch movies, eat and sleep. So to replace that, I’d be writing a little something on the Essence of Valentine Celebration.

The story behind Valentine

Most ofou do not know that there is a story behind the Valentine celebration. Chocolates, roses, candies, red hearts and romance. That’s what we think Valentine’s day is all about but unfortunately not.

Claudius, the reigning emperor of the time, was a warlord, intent only upon preserving his empire and routing his enemies. Christianity was not on his like list. His primary interests were military, and he would stoop to nothing to ensure that his mighty army remained loyal to him. 

It was Claudius’s maniacal grip on the military that led him to install a very foolish policy empire-wide. Claudius had a problem on his hands when it came to the army. Believe it or not, his men would actually prefer to get married and stay home with their wives and families rather than risk their lives and sacrifice for their country! Military recruiting was suffering because of the petulant affection between man and wife. Love was getting in the way of patriotism! Claudius would have none of it. Being the man with the big stick, he could make laws and enforce them, too.

So he did. Claudius passed a law forbidding anyone to get married. Obviously, this was an outrage. Was he serious? No marriage?

Living in this anti-Christian and anti-marriage climate, was Valentine. Valentine was a Christian priest in Rome. He knew from the Bible that marriage was good and honored by God. He knew that marriage was lawful according to the Christian faith, so he took it upon himself to perform Christian marriages—contrary to the law. As a priest, he performed secret marriages for couples who desired to be married bravely defying the anti-marriage edict. It wasn’t just marriages that Valentine was working on. He was also trying to protect persecuted Christians who were being chased down and haunted by the aggressive Roman leaders. Christians knew that they could flee to Valentine to find protection.

Valentine was taking a huge risk. Not only was it absolutely forbidden to marry or to perform marriages, but it was also a criminal offense to aid or abet Christians—especially ones whom the Roman Empire had on their hit list! Valentine was enmeshed in what the Roman Empire considered high treason and traitorous activity. Although he was being loyal to his faith, he was flying in the face of Roman law. The Roman government hunted him down and locked him up in prison. Now, Valentine—protector of Christians and performer of marriages—was himself suffering for his love and devotion to God.

It got worse. Valentine, true to his bold character, tried to convert Emperor Claudius to Christianity. This had gone too far. Claudius demanded that Valentine recant his faith and submit to the cruel and godless tyranny of Rome. Valentine staunchly refused. The Roman Prefect condemned him to torture and death. He was beaten violently, then beheaded.

Valentine was martyred for his faith.

According to legend (and probably false), Valentine himself fell in love during his time of imprisonment. The daughter of the prison guard met Valentine and fell head over heels in love. As the story goes, their romance was the prototypical saga of steadfast love, broken only by the tragic death of Valentine. He wrote a note to her, allegedly penned on February 14, the day before he was beheaded. He signed the note, “Love from your Valentine.” Henceforth, we have the first Valentine’s Day card.

Although the story of Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery, buried in tradition, and (thanks to commercialism) stripped of its significance, we can bring some of the truth back. The truth is, love can’t be squelched, outlawed, or stamped out. The significance of Valentine’s life was not that he defended love and romance and performed secret marriages. Valentine—a day now besmirched by cupids, chocolate, and candlelit dinners—is a day founded upon the life of a martyr. Valentine died a bloody death, beaten and beheaded. The truth is, Valentine was in love with his Savior, Jesus Christ. Love for Jesus trumped his love of self. Valentine nobly gave his life for the God he loved.

This was coined from Valentine’s day history story

In the block quoted write-up above, the essence of Valentine has been given. I hope this changes the way youths think valentine to be. As of what I heard, it is a day when young ladies loose their pride or a day when they are unlucky and fall victims of unwanted pregnancies or become casualties/victims of Std.

Stay blessed, until next time

XoXo

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