Valentine of Rome, not to be confused with the first century Gnostic scholar, was a theologian who lived in the A.D. 200s (This was before the beginnings of Roman Catholicism near A.D. 505). During Valentine's lifetime, the Emperor was Claudius II (Or Claudius Gothicus). Claudius had an issue with Roman men. They didn't want to join the military because they would be so devoted to their wives and families. To solve this problem, he made an attempt to ban marriage. This is unbiblical and sinful to attempt. God created marriage and marriage belongs to Him. He defines it, and no government has the right to change this definition or ban the practice. Valentine realized this. So, instead of bowing to Rome, he continued to preform wedding ceremonies. For this, Emperor Claudius II had Valentine of Rome executed.
This story is the origins of Valentine's day. Valentine's dedication to God's gift of love and marriage is often dwelled upon on this day, while his obedience to God and courage remains both inspiring and underrated. Valentine, in the face of death, still continued to uphold what God had to say about marriage. When faced with the decision of defiling marriage and dying a martyr's death, he chose the martyr's death. Valentine chose to stay true to this wonderful picture of the Gospel.
Given the rise of same-sex relationships that disguise themselves as marriages, it appears marriage is being attacked by our government now. Not only are they attempting to officially change the definition of marriage, but they are telling us we must accept it. John MacArthur's Church has been threatened with lawsuits over the issue, while two Idaho pastors already have been sued. Tony Miano, a street evangelist, has been arrested for suggesting that Homosexuality was a sin after being asked (Thankfully, he was not charged). One florist got sued for refusing to provide flowers to celebrate a gay wedding, and a bakery in Oregon has also been fined for refusing to celebrate same sex relations. These events are just the beginning. Not only do we have to allow a same-sex union, but we also have to celebrate it. If we don't, it is a hate crime according to them. We cannot bow.
In the same way Valentine refused to bow to Rome's decree on marriage, as a Church we need to refuse to bow to Washington's decree on marriage. It is a violation of God's created order. We have to defend marriage as it is defined not by the court, but by God.
"Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate." Matthew 19:5-6 (ESV)
"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church." Ephesians 5:22-32 (ESV)
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