I know, this is out of date, but it’s not like I was thinking about Valentine’s Day before it happened.
Once a year, every year, the secularists mobilize against our sacred holidays. You’ll see red heart shapes, chocolates being sold in stores, and Cupids with their arrows. Harmless? Maybe. Maybe not. Because whatever people are celebrating, it isn’t St. Valentine.
St. Valentine’s Day celebrates the heroic and sacrificial actions of St. Valentine, who was imprisoned for his faith and responded by miraculously healing the daughter of his captor. Such displays of forgiveness and love are nowhere to be found in the modern celebration. Everything the holiday is really about has been all but forgotten. We need to put St. Valentine back in St. Valentine’s Day!
Instead of celebrating Christian agape love, the world has replaced it with eros. Eros himself makes frequent appearances, in the form of his Romanized counterpart Cupid. Any time we try to celebrate St. Valentine, it gets decried as “offensive” and “establishing a religion,” but the atheists get to put up posters of the pagan gods they worship and nobody thinks twice. By wanting to get rid of the “St.” in “St. Valentine’s Day,” secularists are really trying to get rid of the saints.
What the secularists are really celebrating is the Roman festival of Lupercalia. They admit this every time they say that we Christians stole the holiday from them. They use this to justify censoring the “St.” out of the name. As ADF president Alan Sears, a staunch defender of the holiday as it was supposed to be, wrote, “Frankly, it’s ridiculous that Americans have to think twice about whether it’s okay to wish someone a happy St. Valentine’s Day. Thanks to the ACLU and its allies, St. Valentine’s Day isn’t what it used to be. It’s time to repair the damage that such organizations have done to America’s favorite holiday.”
After dozens of lawsuits, display replacements, and corporate decisions, it seems like hardly anyone even mentions St. Valentine. It’s all commercialization and a watered-down holiday. If it even counts as “holy” anymore. Luckily, our salvation doesn’t depend on the beliefs of our neighbors.
Secular liberals say they’re just protecting the constitutional rights of non-Christians who don’t want to see or hear about St. Valentine. But what about the constitutional rights of millions of Americans who simply want to celebrate their traditional holiday—without insulting anyone else but also without having to hide behind closed doors?
Look at how much money and effort liberals put into advertising the secular version of the holiday. Why would anyone try so hard to stop Christians from enjoying their faith? It seems very defensive. It’s as though they’re not entirely sure of their position unless they can find a significant number who will agree with them. Their insecurities aside, there are plenty of people who worship the atheistic polytheist holiday. So why can’t we find more who celebrate the real one? Most non-Christians have no idea who St. Valentine even is. The Catholics deny that the holiday is even about him, even though that’s his name right there in the title. Those of us who faithfully insist on keeping St. Valentine’s Day about St. Valentine are looked down on almost as much as the people who say you can’t end a sentence with a preposition.
You might be thinking I’m overreacting. Many liberal Christians think that. They think it’s no big deal, that people can celebrate the holiday however they want. They think there’s no risk to the holy day’s existence. They’re wrong. After decades of this, who even remembers Saint Valentine? The holiday has already been utterly destroyed.
The world insists on its inclusive, neutral celebrations. We’re considered divisive for daring to hold a saint-centered St. Valentine’s Day, and it’s simply expected that this holiday is merely banal. St. Valentine represents radical willingness to love one’s enemies and follow God whether it be to miracles or execution. The holiday is about so much more than the shallow love portrayed in culture, is it any wonder that mentioning St. Valentine makes people uncomfortable?
The message of St. Valentine’s Day is that we need to follow God? That’s offensive! He confirms that we don’t rule the universe. We are not in control of everything. We are dependent. How un-American! This is why atheists go to such lengths to drown out the true meaning of the holiday. And they are winning.
Put the Saint Back in Valentine’s Day!
Hey everyone! I invented a new word! It’s called “plagiarism.”
In this post, I used a lot of unattributed quotes from War on Christmas people. For honesty purposes, those links are here, here, and here. I think that’s all of them.
In about nine or ten months I might show this to that site, as an example of “what might happen to Christmas.” Just for fun, to see if it gets taken seriously.