Christian dating sites are quick to invoke spiritual and even Biblical references in an effort to capture new users, but these marketing ploys are often taken so far out of their original context that they have been emptied of any meaning.
And fall in his arms and the tears will fall down and she’ll pray.But perhaps we can excuse Christian Mingle for a bit of shallowness.After all, they are operated by marketers, not theologians.But the way many of these websites are going about their business is shallow and short-sighted, and we need to be having a serious conversation about believers should participate.As Internet dating continues to grow in popularity and more Christians participate, we may find that we’ve given up more than our personal information.Over the weekend, I discovered perhaps the strangest new addition to the Christian dating cadre: Reformed
The site is designed exclusively for Christians who adhere to the Calvinist tradition, a theological system that focuses on human depravity, God’s sovereignty, and the idea that God has already chosen the select few who will be saved.
Christian dating websites have potential for much good.
Several of my friends have met their significant others, and in some cases, have even married the partners they met.
Their tagline is “Prepared, Prequalified, Predestined,” adding to the plethora of clichés that make the site a near-parody of itself.
For example, users’ identities must be verified by their (presumably male) pastor, who confirms that they are a church member in “good and regular standing” and “eligible for marriage.” Articles include tips on virginity, courtship, and how men must establish “loving headship” over their wives.
The site is owned by Beverly Hills-based Spark Networks.