In the final part on my series on teen dating, I look at how dating can impact teens and how someone in youth ministry can helpfully negotiate the situation. For preceding posts: part 1, part 2 and part 3.
What impact can dating have on the lives of Christians?
All of this can have a profound impact on the spiritual lives of Christian teens. By being drawn into a dating relationship, especially when framed as the secular world does, dating can lead to negative outcomes for people whose lives should revolve around their Lord and Saviour.
A friend of mine asked me on Facebook about my position on homosexual marriage after I approvingly linked this article by John Stossel. Rather than give him an essay length reply message I thought it might be a bit easier to read it here.
It is a little complicated so please bear with me. I guess I am moving to a position that many of the die-hards within the politically aware conservative Christian community wouldn’t hold, though I share the same basic beliefs, so I have a quite involved answer to the question.
First and foremost, I am a Christian so the Bible is my guide in all things so I would begin by saying that sex and marriage have been designed by God to be experienced within the context of life-long, monogamous heterosexual marriage. Anything outside of this is going against the design God has made within us and society (so homosexuality, de-facto marriage, divorce, etc) so it will always be damaging to people. I personally oppose homosexual marriage, as I do divorce and de-facto marriage, which I have said is much more damaging to marriage than homosexual marriage ever will be in a previous post.