Online Dating Advice for Christians

Online dating is gaining popularity among singles. The fast-paced world we live in makes it difficult to settle down and look for the right person. The search can be even more daunting when faith is important to you. Online dating may also seem confusing if you’ve never done it before. Here is advice on online dating for Christians:

Make Your Values Known

If your faith is important to you, describe your values in your profile. If going to church every Sunday is important, if you say grace before every meal, make this clear. If you do not believe in sex before marriage, state this upfront. Some Christians are not as passionate in their faith, and you don’t want to waste time with someone who does not share your beliefs. Also, if you are not deeply religious, and identify as a Christian, make this clear. Showing who you are is essential in order to find a compatible partner.

Meet in Person

Online dating is a bit of a misnomer. Online dating should be used to introduce yourself to someone, but should not be the way in which you get to know them. Once you’re interested in a potential online match, communicate enough to set up a date and meet in person. Don’t let online messages drag on too long. You might waste time on someone who doesn’t intend on meeting you. A good rule of thumb is to meet in person after 3-4 online messages.

Stay Safe

You should always stay safe both online and offline. Communicate only through the website’s message service. Do not give out your phone number or address. Do not agree to meet at the other party’s home or your home. Drive separate cars, or have someone you know drop you off and pick you up. Let someone know where and who you’re meeting. Have dinner at a crowded restaurant or meet at a coffee shop. Most importantly, do not drink.

With these tips in mind, you can use online dating to meet your potential match efficiently and safely.

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