The Valentine’s Day Dilemna

Valentine's Day

I find it interesting (and more than a little amusing) that St. Valentine, the man for which Valentine’s Day is named, was actually beheaded several hundred years ago on the day we celebrate. Therefore, we do not celebrate love, for which St. Valentine was not even famous for (his “Saintly responsibilities” involved beekeeping and epilepsy), but instead we celebrate death. Quite a concept, is it not?

I have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. More than once have I made a complete fool of myself for romance. One such day, about five years ago, I went to great lengths to put a handwritten valentine on the doorstep of my then-crush, even walking almost a mile in the pitch black African bush at 4:00 in the morning. My reward? Absolutely nothing, she never even acknowledged its existence, and is now dating my best friend, a source of enormous amusement to myself and my family. Now, five years later, I am increasingly reminded of the lengths we, as humans, will go to in order to prove our affection for a member of the opposite gender.

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Loving LGBTQ?

Two days ago, I was checking CNN. While scrolling down the page, an article caught my eye. The title went like this “A group of Christians attended a pride parade to apologize for how they’ve treated the LGBT community“. After reading the article (found here), I found myself quite impressed. A group of Christians from Marikina, Philippines gathered to talk to members of the LGBTQ community. However, instead of gathering to throw insults or commandments at the group, they gathered with a single message: We’re sorry. This message is far more profound then we might think. Many Christians, ignoring the Bibles commands about love and grace, chose to make enemies of the LGBTQ community, even going so far as to tell them “they aren’t human”.

This treatment of the LGBTQ community is unacceptable. Despite what they stand for, these members are human beings. They love, they laugh, they hope, and they dream. We can disagree with others without having to throw insults or hatred. Some members of the LGBTQ community hate Christians, and for some good reasons. Christians are the main antagonists of the LGBTQ community. After all, the Bible states clearly that homosexuality is a sin. Even though we, as Christians, are required by our faith to disagree with those that support homosexuality, we are still called to love them like fellow human beings. So even if you are to meet a member of the LGBTQ community, you can still respectfully disagree with their opinions, but don’t forget to be loving and gracious. After all, God created them, and He loves them.

Beautiful People

I am blessed to know many beautiful people in my life. I know so many, in fact, that it would be impossible to name them all. As it is, I have chosen to name the 5 most beautiful and influential people I know. However, because I have not gotten permission to use their names, I will have to keep a few of these anonymous.

5: The ****** kids. The oldest, a senior, is a wonderful man of God, and I actually consider him as one of my major role models. He speaks respectfully, doesn’t get angry easily, and is always seeking to help others. His sister, a junior, is one of the godliest people I know. Once, when I spent the night at their house, I woke up very early in the morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. Looking around, I saw that one light in the house was on- hers. She was up at 5:00 in the morning, spending time with God. That, in my mind, shows extreme dedication to God. Both of these kids are wonderful people, and I am privileged to call them my friends.

4: The Britton family. Jeff and Mary Britton have known me since I was 5 years old, and have seen me go through intense stages of immaturity and stupidity :). I consider Jeff as a sort of second father, for he is one of the wisest men I know. I have grown up with their three children (who I should probably not name or else they might get mad), and all have earned my eternal respect through their constant desire to build relationship. They never hold sin against me and are always ready to forgive.

3: My sisters Hannah and Betty, ages 18 and ** (Betty doesn’t want me to put her age lol). Although they are not my legal sisters, I consider them such owing to the fact that I have grown up with them. Betty has known me since I first came to Uganda with my parents in 2004, and Hannah has known me since she came to New Hope in 2008. Both know me inside and out, and I love them both.

2: My grandparents on both sides of the family. While being totally different in character, both sets of grandparents (Bill and Cecilia McFarland, Jerry and Kathie Soen) are the most beautiful people I know, besides the people in the #1 spot. Each and every one of them has given me invaluable advice, and all have supported me throughout the years. My grandfathers have shown me how to be a man, both spiritually and mentally, and my grandmothers have shown me what I want in a wife. Because of this, I hold them in the highest possible respect.

1: My parents. Yes, a predictable answer, but a true one. Out of every human being on this planet, I hold my parents in the highest respect, for they are the most beautiful people I know. My father has shepherded me and counseled me since I was old enough to talk, shaping me and guiding me in my walk to manhood. He, to me, is the epitome of the human man-while sinful, still managing to be the absolute best man he can be. My mom, along with her mother and mother-in-law, has, through her example, shown me what I want in a future wife. She has continued to love me and support me, even though my arrogant and immature stages. Not only that, but she has managed to put up with my terrible jokes, which really says something, considering they can really drive people nuts (I’m looking at you, Josephine Lee). I praise God every day for my parents.

Alright, that was an emotional post, and I’m sure it wasn’t a picnic for you guys either. Anyway, thanks for reading, and as always- don’t forget to click that “Follow” button. See ya later!