Hyper-Calvinist Celebrates Valentine's Day By Telling People They Are Not Loved
Valentine’s Day is tricky enough these days with all of the single people who are proud to be single until they are offended by their non-single friends. So it is not easy to navigate the holiday dedicated to love. Not easy, unless you are Steve Whitman. Steve is a 5-point Calvinist. He counts himself as more reformed than John Knox. And he loves Valentine’s Day.
On Valentine’s Day he takes off from work and spends the day telling people that they are not loved. He even wears a shirt that has Romans 9:13 embroidered across the back. (“As it is written: I have loved Jacob, but I have hated Esau.” - God.) He also spends a lot of time on his phone tweeting out love memes to Pastor John MacArthur and hate memes to Hillary Clinton. He hands out cards to his family and friends that reinforce the possibility that they may not be loved.
Whitman explains his mission, “A lot of people think that God loves everyone. But obviously He doesn’t. He is going to send most people to Hell. The Bible says He shows mercy to some and not to others. This holiday is like the Devil’s Christmas. Everybody goes around telling other people that they are loved. I feel like I should tell people the truth. And the truth is, most people are hated, by other people, and by God. So I tell them that. I even hand out little ‘Hellintime’ candies that say phrases like, ‘You Are God’s Enemy’ and ‘Your Heart Is As Black As Chocolate’ and ‘Be Satan’s’. A lot of people don’t like the message, but they still take the candy.”
Some say Whitman’s approach is off-putting. But he defends his work. “Nearly every day people are telling others how loved they are by God. At least one day a year someone needs to go out there and tell people that they aren’t as loved as they would like to think. And I’m just the guy to do it. I love them that much. Plus,” Steve chuckles, “I don’t really have a choice, now do I?”