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There might be love. There might be commitment. There might be a solid friendship at its core. Worth it — but hard. Desire feeds physical intimacy which in turn feeds connection, nurturance and the protective guard around relationships.
Series: Window on the World. It caught our attention for two reasons.
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The newsletter also caught our attention because, much to our surprise, it featured lengthy promotional material for City Light, the singles ministry of Tenth Presbyterian Church. Apparently, City Light is renowned throughout the Delaware Valley as the place to meet eligible Christians on Friday nights.
The arrival of the newsletter raised a question: Should single Christians run personal ?
What does the Bible say about how to find a mate, or about whether it is right to look for one in the first place? The Bible does not tell contemporary Christians how to find a spouse. Consider the biblical examples. There was Isaac, who married Rebekah based on her ability to draw water for camels Gen.
There was Jacob, who was able to choose a wife for himself, but had to work 14 years to get her Gen. Then there were the prophets, like Hosea, who married a prostitute Hos. All in all, there is not much to go on.
It is safe to conclude that God gives people the freedom to meet and to marry in many different ways. Little did I suspect when I saw Lisa Maxwell sitting on the edge of a couch during Orientation Week that my life would never be the same.
But every couple meets in a different way.
Recently, I performed a wedding for a couple who first met in New York for a blind date set up by friends in Korea, half-way around the world. The providence of God extends even to dating newsletters, which, no doubt, have produced some happy marriages. One thing Christian personals acknowledge is the importance of sexual purity.
Nevertheless, according to their firsthand research of 68 contenders, some online dating sites do a better job at promoting committed relationships and marriage. social media links
A quick glance at the personals in any of the Philadelphia city newspapers is enough to show how raunchy they are. Christians have a different tone.
This is so important that it probably needs to be repeated. The Bible forbids sexual intimacy outside of marriage see 1 Cor. Call it what you will, but most physical intimacy between a man and a woman is foreplay, which is why couples usually end up breaking the boundaries they set. So I encourage single men, especially, to seek counsel from godly husbands about how to maintain sexual purity in a relationship. Another thing Christian personals acknowledge is that Christians should not date non-Christians. The only legitimate purpose for dating is courtship.
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Christians may only marry other Christians 2 Cor. Since the Bible gives relatively few explicit instructions about love and romance, we must be all the more careful to obey the ones it does give. For one thing, like their secular counterparts, many Christian personals focus on appearance.
And we place too little value on basic friendship, which is the foundation of a happy marriage. Another problem with many Christian personals is the desire which lies behind them. Sometimes I wish the Bible spelled things out more clearly.
But one thing it does reveal is that God wants you accept your present circumstances. He wants you to be content.
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Do you accept this? A few months ago, there was a refreshing article about singleness in Regeneration Quarterly.
I long to be married. My younger sister got married two months ago. She now has an adoring husband, a beautiful home, a whirlpool bathtub, and all-new Corningware. Is God being any less good to me than he is to her?
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The answer is a resounding NO. God will not be less good to me because God cannot be less good to me. It is a cosmic impossibility for God to shortchange any of his children… If he fluctuated one quark in his goodness he would cease to be God… I am not single because I am too spiritually unstable to possibly deserve a husband, nor because I am too spiritually mature to possibly need one.
That is a wonderful attitude for anyone to take about life, married or single. Too often, we want to bend God to our desires, rather than allowing God to shape our desires to match his plans. He is doing what he is doing in my life because, ultimately, he loves me. That is the long term relationship which matters most of all.
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