By Reverend Wayne Pick
Trinity Lutheran Church, Grant
In the movie, “Top Gun,” Goose and Maverick are standing near the bar when Ice Man and Slider approach them. The conversation began about Cougar’s fate and drifted to Ice Man asking Maverick: “Haven’t you figured it out?” Maverick replied, “Figured what out?” Ice Man responds, “Who’s the best pilot?” Maverick replied, “No, I can figure that out alone.” The scene ends with Goose consoling Maverick and they order from the bar.
It’s an okay movie...this author liked the F-14s. They are, or were, a very sweet aircraft.
As we have entered the month of February, we are ever being bombarded with the urgency that Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, is approaching and we need to be shopping for cards, flowers, candy, apparel, jewelry and so forth, It would also be a good idea to make RSVPs for us and our spouses. All of which causes me to ask, “Who’s the best lover?”
Originally, Valentine’s Day was simply a day to commemorate the compassionate acts of a Christian nobleman named Valentine, who, according to legend, sought to give encouragement to imprisoned Christian saints by passing to them the symbol of a cross upon a red heart.
In time, however, it became a day to celebrate “love” in general, and a day for lovers to bear witness to their love for one another.
While some might argue that Valentine’s Day has become too commercial, it nevertheless serves Christians on a day on which we can celebrate God’s gift of supreme love in His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, on the day when people give one another billions of dollars worth of material things, we can be thankful that God communicated His love for us in the way that He did.
The Bible tells us that because since the rebellion of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, sin and death have entered into this world and all people are in bondage to them. Left to our “I can figure it out myself,” thinking, there is no hope for eternal life.
Seeing our need, God sent Jesus into this world, to live a perfect life under God’s law for us and then to take the guilt of the sin of the world upon Himself, Jesus suffered and died on Calvary’s cross.
The Good News for us is that Jesus defeated sin, death and Satan by His glorious resurrection on the third day after His crucifixion.
So “Who’s the best lover?” It is God. As the Bible clearly teaches in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (KJT)