Many parents set rules for their Christian teens about dating.While setting rules is a good idea, it is important for parents to think through the rules that they do set. And we can celebrate, knowing our boundaries and commitment played a part in their lifelong dream of independence. One day our teens will receive their reward by becoming the responsible adults that God has made them to be.Eventually, the group see the pair as a couple committed to each other.Parents need to be aware of terminology used by their teen and should ask him/her what the terms really mean to them.Love, dating and relating to the opposite sex are important factors in living out the "Purity Code".
Philippians 2:3-5 When we talk to kids about dating, we can help them set the biblical standard of considering another person’s interest above themselves, and that love means wanting the very best for that person. He is kind, good-looking, smart, and a great soccer player. David has Jesus Christ living inside him by the power of the Holy Spirit., provides wanna-be singing sensations an opportunity to pursue their dreams. The contestants' reward: talent recognition and stardom. Teens need the life lessons of success and failure to mature. Our teens need us to be their greatest fan through their best and worst auditions in life. When we open the door to appropriate levels of freedom, we give our teens a chance to make their own decisions, and to learn from them. What your thirteen-year-old does today will be different when she's eighteen. " These lyrics from The King and I aptly describe the way Western culture views dating today -- an exercise in "knowing" and a continual quest to "find out more" about the other person. First dates used to evoke images of sweaty palms, nervous preparation and a whole bunch of anticipation.Two people are drawn together to share time, experiences and each other in the quest to satisfy "the need to know." The challenge for Christian parents is "how can we continue to provide for the needed supervision and guidance for our children within the confines of our cultural settings? First dates were events and normally both parties treated them as something special.If you feel like trust was broken, a lock down may be necessary. Each week contestants never know what their challenge would be. If the door has been wide open, it's okay to shut it, a little, a lot, or completely. The apostle Paul summed up the Christian attitude when he said: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.Pros: The Bible says Christians should be yoked to fellow believers.If a teen is dating another Christian, there is a greater likelihood that they will remain abstinent and supportive of one another.