Dating life safer

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In a day when people are marrying later and later, and more and more are resorting to online matchmaking, we probably need to be reminded that marriage really is less about compatibility than commitment.

After all, there has never been a less compatible relationship than a holy God and his sinful bride, and that’s the mold we’re aiming for in our marriages.

They’re settling for less than God intended and less than he made possible by sending his Son to rescue and repurpose our lives, including our love lives, for something more. And a Christian union can only be found through Christian dating.

If Christian dating — the intentional, selfless, and prayerful process of pursuing marriage — sounds like slavery, we don’t get it.

Apart from questions of attraction and chemistry, which are not insignificant, the Bible articulates some roles for wives and husbands.

Right, it’s important that you make smart decisions that will help you stay safe while dating in college.

But God had much more in mind with romance than orgasms or even procreation, and so should we. When people in the world are expecting less and less of each other in dating, God isn’t.

So, as singles we have to work harder in our not-yet-married relationships to preserve what marriage ought to picture and provide.

It’s not nearly a comprehensive or exhaustive list.

They’re simply lessons I’ve learned and hope can be a blessing for you, your boyfriend or girlfriend, and your future spouse.

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