2-14-2017 Love Is Not A Valentine

The idol gods Lupercus and Faunus – the Roman God of Agriculture, and fictional Romulus and Remus, were celebrated with the “Feast of Lupercalia. The Roman Catholic Church simply added this to their other adopted idolatry by giving it some association to their church! Valentine’s Day is that celebration. Love has been reduced to a day of gifts, cards, candy, and jewelry, but the Bible concept has been entirely lost to the public. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NKJV). “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13 NKJV). Love is that voluntary choice to see that good is done for others, because “Love does no harm to a neighbor” (Romans 13:10 NKJV). Not for a day, but for a life.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#love, #roman-catholic-church-idolatry, #valentines-day

Mr. Coleridge’s record is safe, etc.

• After nearly forgetting about the One-Liner Dictionary, I’ve added another entry today, this one on inertia. It came to me as I lay in bed this morning, contemplating the energy required to rise. Check the Definitions category for a few other entries as well.

• If you don’t see your blog in my friend-link list, it’s probably because (1) I just overlooked it, or (2) you’re not posting with enough regularity.

• Did you catch my longish poem yesterday on Christian Poets, “With Fragile Soul“? Longish for me, anyway, with five stanzas of four lines each. No “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” or anything like that; nope, no breaking of Mr. Coleridge’s record as the longest major poem in the English language. So you can read it in about, say, three minutes. Afterwards, reflection might require a bit more, and a comment to assuage the agony of the author, another minute.

• Before long, writers will have to put at the head of their posts and articles a line like this: Average Reading Time: Three Minutes. People are too much in a hurry, wouldn’t you say? I confess to being as much a scanner as the next surfer doing the typical hop, skip, jump on the Internet, but sometimes I’m tempted to write a header, “If you’re scanning, don’t bother.” Because my words carry great import, obviously.

• How long before the Valentine’s-Day flowers fade and the chocolates are gone? But let the kiss linger and the look of love continue. Marriage isn’t eternal, but romantic love ought to last a lifetime. It may seem paradoxical, but romance has to be worked at, cultivated, prolonged by regular effort. Some like it sappy, others more subtle, here and there a literary strain, but whatever your style, develop and sustain it. Even foods get garnished.

#fun, #poetry, #romance, #valentines-day

Americans spend on Valentine’s Day

“Today is Valentine’s Day, which means Americans are about to spend an average of $103 per person (2010 figure) on massive amounts of chocolate, flowers, cards and assorted stuff which proclaims our undying love.” —PreachingNOW

#holidays, #money, #valentines-day

"True Love"

While counterfeit religion gives us a “St. Valentine’s Day;” and worships the mythical pagan gods of “Lupercus,” protector of shepherds and flocks, or “Cupid” (later substituted with the Roman Catholic “Valentine”); and offers commercialized gifts of flowers, candy, or jewelry; I think of Dorwin Stoddard. Dorwin and Mavy were childhood sweethearts who in time married others, but when their respective mates died, they retired back to Tucson, Arizona, re-kindled their romance, and married. As Christians who worshiped with the Mountain Avenue church of Christ, they were beloved.

At a public gathering in Tucson, on January 8, 2011, Jared Loughner, whose works were evil (1 John 3:12), opened fire on the crowd killing 6 and wounding 13. Knowing that Ephesians 5:25 said: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,” in a split-second, Dorwin threw himself down on top of Mavy. She was shot 3 times in the leg and he was shot in the head. She survived, he did not. It was not the 17 heart stents that had kept Dorwin alive for 76 years, but his deep, abiding love for Jesus Christ, and Mavy. Mavy will recover from the gunshots and live out her life knowing she has been supremely loved by 2 men, Jesus Christ and Dorwin Stoddard, both of whom gave their lives for her.

While Harlotwood propaganda continues to demean men (with endless “crotchshots,” humiliation, and stupidity) and inflate women’s individuality (fictionalizing them as men’s equals, superiors, or complete without men), suddenly God has thrust into the spotlight a couple who had it right. Mavy was a “helper comparable” to Dorwin (Genesis 2:18), and he loved his wife as his own body (Ephesians 5:28). Here was a husband who so loved his own wife as himself, and a wife who respected her husband (Ephesians 5:33), that he willingly gave his life to keep the best part of him alive.

Do what you wish on February 14, but I think The Day For Love occurred on 1/8/11, when a true “saint” demonstrated before the world what Jesus Christ did for the whole world centuries ago. Indeed, “precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15). Thank God for Dorwin Stoddard.

#love, #marriage, #valentines-day