"The goal of this series of articles, beginning with this introduction, is to provide our readers with a place to bring those questions.Are you Christian, dating in Canada and looking for a partner who shares your beliefs, both in a loving future and in God?Together, they form a pool of eligible Christian singles that is rapidly growing in number.Over the weekend, I discovered perhaps the strangest new addition to the Christian dating cadre: Reformed Their profile pictures are surprisingly provocative—low cut shirts, exposed shoulders, skin-tight pants, pouty lips.It is now deemed the fastest growing online community for this Christians.We often hear complaints from readers about the confusion, hurt and sexual sin they've encountered despite their best intentions.
Others include Loveandseek.com, Christian Cafe.com, and Equally 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.The system today's young men and women have inherited for finding and marrying a future spouse leaves a lot to be desired.The movement gained widespread exposure following the best-selling response to I Kissed Dating Goodbye, a popular contemporary treatment of Christian courtship by homeschool student Joshua Harris. These principles have been summarized in Leave Dating Behind: a Road Map to Marriage by Christina Rogers within the acronym CARE: Each courtship is unique insofar as the methods used to honor these principles will be unique in every given situation.A variety of courtship literature has been established to give guidance to singles and their families regarding the major Biblical principles. Along with these benefits, online dating does raise new dangers: a creep—a violent one, even—may be lurking behind the next click; the process over-represents certain features of a person (facial appearance, for starters); and it requires an investment of funds that perhaps could be better spent elsewhere. These archaic behaviors suited the olden days, but some of them seemed novel even to the generation before mine. It also reduces the need to choose between meaningful in a region where pickings are slim, and work that may be further from one's calling in a more populated area.” My cursor hovers above “Washboard,” but in the end, I select, “I should maybe lose a few.” Next comes eye color, ethnicity, education, occupation, and smoking and drinking preferences. I’m questioned on what type of church I attend, how often I go, and what ministry I’m involved in. As of 2011, Christian Mingle had garnered more than 5 million users, and generated .9 million in revenue during the first nine months of 2012. The selection proves again that while the Lord may “looketh at the heart,” His people are still very much interested in outward appearances.This may be a small matter for some but for Christian singles who want a faith-filled partnership, it's a vital difference, and one that adds to the challenge of finding a partner who you trust shares the same values.This difficulty is enhanced by the fact that not all church-going Canadians are suitable date material: in truth, many of those who Rebecca Vandemark (33) is one Christian single who knows first hand the difficulties involved with faith-based dating.