The new trend in dating sites built exclusively for Christians may have emerged long after their general market analogs but they make few strides in avoiding the same pitfalls.As usual, the Christian sub-culture is a step behind and not an inch deeper—from music to books to fashion trends, and now with online dating.
After all, they are operated by marketers, not theologians.But this specific promise was offered to Israel as a reminder that though they find themselves in captivity, God’s covenant with them has not been forgotten.Applying it directly as a promised prosperity in modern Christians’ dating lives requires a feat of theological gymnastics.Images of kissing and hand-holding flutter across the screen as a male voice sings, “Someday he’ll call her and she will come running.And fall in his arms and the tears will fall down and she’ll pray.Titled “Love Song,” the hit tune by Jars of Clay is about God calling us into loving relationship with Himself.
But Christian Mingle has emptied the tune of its meaning to co-opt its familiar religious language and attract users.
What about a site like Reformed Singles.com, which purports to be more theologically rooted?
The verse at the top right of their home screen is Jeremiah , which says, “For “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” The verse is a favored choice for Christian greeting cards and graduation gifts.
Others include Loveandseek.com, Christian Cafe.com, and Equally
Together, they form a pool of eligible Christian singles that is rapidly growing in number.
I want to fall in love with you.” At first viewing, the spot is wildly effective.