Christian dating scenarios
Take it from Paul, the writer of much of the New Testament: “Sometimes I wish everyone were single like me—a simpler life in many ways!
But celibacy is not for everyone any more than marriage is.
Maybe you’re thinking that Stephanie and Dave weren’t a great match, but that’s not the point.
The story isn’t a prompt, or meant to make us guess at what was best for them. Had Stephanie dedicated her life to being single at that crossroad, she wouldn’t have gone back and forth with her decision to follow God’s call. Also, cultural standards are repeatedly reinforced throughout our lives.
If you deny Christ you will be killed and your family will be spared.
If you’d rather be struck with an unknown, airborne illness than attend a social event alone…
Everyone thought she’d take it without a second thought. Because she was “gaga” over him, she adopted his dream and committed to making it happen with him.
There’s a simple order to follow: Go to school, get a job, meet a guy, marry the girl, and have kids. There’s certainly nothing wrong with following that life plan, except for the fact that it’s not biblical as a one-dimensional command.
Some of us are given the gift of singleness, and when we force a marriage, we walk outside of God’s will.
It can be great to “be alone,” especially when God has called us to ministry.
Otherwise, too many demands compete with one another and we sacrifice obedience, for a potentially shortsighted desire.