NASHVILLE, February 14, 2015– I’m standing in line at Whole Foods and there is a flurry of men and women swamping the aisles for last minute Valentine’s Day gifts. The scene reminds me of a very important lesson… What do Jesus, Valentine’s Day, the State and Nullification have in common?
While waiting in line to buy overpriced roses and sugar, enjoy a little history lesson:
St. Valentine was Roman Christian priest that lived through the reign of the Emperor Claudias. At the time, Claudias was persecuting the Church and had issued an edict banning the Church from marrying Christians. Valentine repudiated the law and secretly married thousands of Christians. He was eventually caught, tortured for quite some time, and eventually sentenced to death by decapitation.
So, what does St. Valentine teach us about the law and love? At some point, we must decide whether or not to stand for what is right regardless of what the ruling class decides is right. After all, unjust laws are not laws at all. This is especially true for Christians due to the fact that the law of Jesus Christ is soverign. What does that singular law tell us? Love. Love God, and love your neighbor, as you love yourself. We are not told: “Love your State.”
“‘Which commandment is the most important of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The most important is, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” -Mark 12:28–31