We began our “Tough Questions” series this week. For the next several week students will submit questions and I will do my best to field a good answer for them. We have a load of questions that I have grouped into about 12 different topics. Hopefully we can cover them all, if not I will at least do a short write up to field an answer.
This week we looked at the topic of dating a nonbeliever. I have been asked about this topic a ton of times and thought it would be a good icebreaker for the series. The short answer on this is “no”. The clearest biblical support for this comes from 2 Corinthians 6:14, where Paul encourages believers not to be unequally yoked to unbelievers. I gave a physical picture of what unequal yoking would do to a field and how that would impact the fruitfulness and effectiveness of the pair.
The short takeaway from the lesson was: if you are dating, examine your dating partner on two fronts, first if they are a believer or not, and second on whether being together with that person is encouraging you in your walk with Christ. If the answer to either of these questions is no, then you need to separate from that person. For the non-daters out there these parameters are valuable whenever they choose to begin dating/courting.
As parents you have the responsibility to encourage healthy relationships for your children. If your son/daughter has a girlfriend/boyfriend then get to know the person, and learn a bit about their faith and their walk with the Lord. It is better to get out front of it than to wait until your teen falls head over heals for a nonbeliever. Keep up the good work!