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But when they told me what exactly transpired, it turned out that for one woman, her boyfriend was manipulative and had used Christianity as a way to control her.
Another woman complained that her ex wouldn’t consider any other opinions as being valid, including hers.
In turn, I’ll say to them, “So if Tim Tebow or Russell Wilson walked up to you right now and asked you out on a date, you would reject them flat-out because of their Christian faith?
” The answer is always, "Of course not."In other words, if he were a millionaire, magazine-cover-worthy, pro football player, then, yeah, she would totally date him, and the Christian thing wouldn’t really be that big of a deal.
So, how do you avoid committing sexual sin, how do you remain pure? So, until you’re actually married, then she becomes your wife and then you can relate to her as a wife, which includes, of course, a sexual relationship.
Community is so helpful in appealing to other people. If you know there’s a couple you love and respect, who’ll be coming to you and saying, how are you guys doing? You can appeal to them, you can ask them for help, you can ask them for prayer.
Have you avoided men with online profiles touting their “love of the Lord”? I’m convinced that both men and women tend to approach relationships with a set of assumptions about potential partners, and I think religion is one trait that is too often judged based upon fiction rather than fact. Christianity is the largest religion in the world, claiming 2.2 billion of the world’s 6.9 billion people, as of last year.
If it sounds like I have it out for Christian dudes, well, I should tell you—I am one.
And of course, you would never commit any kind of sexual deed with a mother or sister. So, use that basis, find other things in scripture that just lay down the challenge.
And don’t assume that you’ll be the one couple or the one person who never struggles in this way.
Speaking for myself and all the other SCDs who never stood a chance in this modern dating labyrinth, I think we deserve a shot. That number includes everything from Roman Catholics and Russian Orthodox to Southern Baptists and Evangelical Lutherans.