Christian romantic dating
Once, at a meeting of single, twentysomething evangelical Christians (sort of like an episode of one of my girlfriends described her romantic encounter with Jesus the night before.
“I knew I just needed some time to soak in his love, so I took my Bible down to the park by the beach and watched the sunset,” she said.
I’m told, but have no objective verification, that at ultraconservative Bob Jones University, men and women who wish to express their romantic inclination to one another do so by holding opposite ends of a stick, with at least six inches of wood between their hands (the notional width of a Bible).
I think that’s ridiculous, but Bob Jones didn’t ask my opinion.
While I completely respected their way of life, at first I didn’t believe this was the lifestyle for me.
After months and months of soul searching and growing in my spiritual walk, I made a big decision—my next relationship will be a Christian courtship.
This kind of rigor goes into a lot of my decisionmaking.
Whether it’s where I’m eating, where I’m traveling or, God forbid, something I’m buying, like a lot of people in my generation—those in their 20s and 30s—I feel compelled to do a ton of research to make sure I’m getting every option and then making the best choice.
The first girl, he said, was “a little too tall,” and the second girl was “a little too short.” Then he met my mom. Let’s look at how I do things, maybe with a slightly less important decision, like the time I had to pick where to eat dinner in Seattle when I was on tour last year.
- Janelle Paris, social anthropologist at Messiah College Indeed, a surprisingly large percentage of Christian singles are turning to the internet to find a long-term, spiritually-connected partner.