According to Match.com, 1 in 5 relationships begin online. It could be your worst nightmare or a dream come true.
Though I’m not advocating for extreme uses of the internet and social media such as the aforementioned, I am saying that times have changed- and it’s okay for Christians to keep up!
Just as God used the cultural components of ancient biblical days to guide people to finding love (dowries, arranged marriages, and the like), He uses our cultural context to work out his will in our lives today.
There is no denying that our world has changed drastically over the past decade, and we are now immersed in a culture that is rooted in the internet and social media.
One couple I recently read about even exchanged their vows via the web.
I’ve had multiple conversations and have read many blogs and articles about online dating. Online dating gives the users the chance to put their best foot forward and keep the ugly in the background. Online dating has the potential to be used because of a lack of trust in God.
I’ve decided to boil all of that information down into this one teeny tiny blog post. Going online requires you to fork over a bunch of personal information (that’s how they make the matches). It can be difficult to know the true beliefs, convictions, and character of the guys you meet. A lack of trust that God is the Creator and hold the hearts of Kings in His hands. God is working in your life and giving you opportunities to grow and become more like Jesus. God has tons of work (the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few) and singles are a great set of people to focus on that Kingdom work.These men lied about their ages, their locations, and their intentions.Then, I have friends who met their husbands online. Still, men prey on seemingly desperate women in order to get what they want. Go with a group if you are more comfortable with that.I’ve never used online dating in my past, and personally have no current plans of using it in the future. If you are fully striving to trust in Him, rely on Him, and rest in Him, then I think the answer to your online dating question will become quite clear.I’ve talked through, thought through, and prayed through this topic and I don’t believe it’s the path for me. If you’ve ever thought about using online dating, I highly encourage you to think, pray, and weigh the pros and cons before ever getting online. I’ve heard several people (who’ve used online dating) say that online dating requires a lot of time. Just remember that God is bigger, mightier, and more amazing than you could ever imagine.Online dating is one of those subjects that Christians enjoy debating.