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Even if you don’t pay, they’re selling your “free” clicks and likes and connections for advertising.
This does not mean that dating websites or apps are inherently bad, or that godly people may not find their godly spouse through them, but it does mean dating online is inherently dangerous.
Who will deliver us from the gamification of our hearts — from this dating scene of death? We’re no longer condemned by the sins we’ve committed in relationships in the past — by the ways we have wittingly or unwittingly followed the course of this world (Ephesians 2:2) — and we’re not captive to the broken and prevailing dating trends of our day.
While the world plays games with sex, romance, and “commitment,” Christ frees us to quit playing and start dating differently — with selflessness and humility, with clarity and intentionality, with patience and sobriety, even if we choose to meet someone online.
The flick of a thumb, so seemingly harmless, threatens to cheapen the image of God.
What does God feel when we flippantly swipe a real man or woman, someone he himself wove together, into the trash bin of our phones?
Instead of leading us to marital bliss, that kind of vanity ruins us for marriage, for the kind of the crucified love that requires Christlike humility at every single turn.
Fill your phone and life with habits that expose vanity and cultivate humility.
It felt more like buying your first home than renting a movie on i Tunes.
I fear, however, that too many Christians have instead reluctantly climbed aboard with Jack Sparrow, expecting to find a stowaway among the crew to marry, while blindly riding into whatever trouble the ship takes them.
The apps allow you to create the illusion of perfection — and to buy that same illusion from others.
If you’re wandering out into the crossfire in your own search for marriage, are you awake to the pitfalls?
For all its many weaknesses and perils, old-fashioned courtship did prevent the pursuit of marriage from becoming a playground for digital likes, swipes, and winks.