"Forgetting Valentine's Day"
February 24, 2009
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the Word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7
If I was a policeman, there would be laws that would be easy to enforce and others I'd implement with reluctance.
An easy-to-enforce law would be: "Arrest anyone who is selling drugs to children."
On the other hand, it would be difficult to evict someone from their home when they've fallen on difficult times.
Easy laws. Hard laws.
If I was a policeman in Saudi Arabia, I think it would be hard to enforce laws that ban the celebration of Valentine's Day. That same law also discourages anyone from celebrating Mother's Day and birthdays.
Still, that is what happens. Around Valentine's Day, the police start visiting the stores and order anything red to be pulled from the shelves. Yes, that's right: anything red.
Red hearts, red roses, red teddy bears, anything red. Naturally anything shaped like a heart and says, "I love you," has to go.
The reason? Those holiday celebrations are Christian and the government of Saudi Arabia doesn't want anything that smacks of the Savior. You understand why those laws would be hard to enforce.
The author of Hebrews has it right when he says, "Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the Word of God." Now, that's a law I could encourage people to follow.
I'm comfortable asking people to remember the writers of Scripture who first told us of humankind's creation, of our fall, and the redemption that comes to us through the Savior's Calvary cross, and His empty tomb. I can encourage the remembering of parents, pastors, professors, and teachers who have taught the faith by word and example.
Yes, there are laws that are easier to enforce and a religion that is better to believe.
THE PRAYER: Dear Father, I give thanks for Christian leaders who have spoken the Word of God to me. In word and deed, they have reflected Jesus' love. Now, by Your grace, may I do the same for generations that come after mine. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries