Saturday, December 4, 2010

Does online Christian dating work? Anyone have success stories? Horror stories?

If you’ve decided to give online Christian dating a try, keep a few things in mind. First, dating itself can be tricky business, so don’t attribute your successes or faliures to the online nature of the service. Second, as I alluded to in the first section, many different kinds of people call themselves Christians. Joining a Christian dating service does not guarantee that you will meet a religiously compatible dating partner, although the chances are certainly better than at a singles bar. Third, there are a few wackos or spammers out there on the internet, but there is not much you can do about it. Joining a paying site versus a free site helps filter out these kinds of problems. But don’t worry; there are a lot of other people out there just like you earnestly searching for a Christian date.

You might have also heard some horror stories about online dating. Keep in mind that the failures are a lot louder than the successes. People can still be a little embarrassed about online dating (you shouldn’t be!), so if they find a good match, they won’t necessarily tell you it was through an online service. But if someone has a bad experience, he will tell everyone - “I tried online dating as a joke, and let me tell you, it was terrible!” Christians might be especially embarrassed if they feel visiting an online dating site is too worldly or somehow immoral. That moral decision is up to you. But if you decide to pursue online Christian dating, be confident and comfortable with your choice. Courtship is a normal part of Christian culture, and online dating is simply a modern development. Christians have been successfully dating for literally thousands of years. I’m sure you things will work out for you.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the Bible, pertaining to dating and courtship.

Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit. I said, “I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit.” Song of Solomon 7:7-8, NIV

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