Lauren and Mikaela--identical twins living on opposite coasts--blog about the story of life and their adventures in faith.

4.06.2010

The Case for Courtship

Do you ever just feel so surrounded by our culture’s constant barrage of immorality that you want to go take a shower? How is it that you can be browsing a bookstore and innocently stumble across two fourteen year-olds aping what they see in the movies? Why does everyone ask if I have a boyfriend with an impish, teasing grin on their face? What makes purity nonexistent and prudish in a culture that does not know how to blush?

Dating.

Why should that fourteen year-old girl be wrapping herself up in a pimply, squeaky, adolescent boy when she is struggling with her own pimples, squeaks, and adolescence? Why should she establish a pattern now that will haunt her in her twenties—a pattern of finding self-worth in a man? Why is she so intent on pleasing her boyfriend that she will sacrifice her decorum in a bookstore?

Dating.

Why should I be in a relationship if I am not prepared to marry? Must I really start this game at sixteen and continue it into my thirties? Must I really go through twenty-seven heartbreaks in order to find Mr. Right so I can give him 1/28th of my heart?

Dating.

Is it any wonder that two immature, self-consumed, hormone-filled teenagers can’t have a pure relationship? Isn’t it rather absurd and unfair to expect them to stare at a triple-decker chocolate cake every day, smell the chocolate cake, and lick the fudge frosting but never take a bite?

There is another way, though. Many people call it “courting.” Some people call it "dating," though it isn't typical dating at all. And a few don’t call it anything at all. Semantics aside, courtship is about purity, marriage, and staying under authority the entire time. Where dating lets you go out with anyone you like, whether or not you would actually marry him, courtship requires you to be a bit more choosy. Where dating may or may not involve your parents (up until the point where you’ve already given him your heart and he asks the token question of your dad, but everyone involved knows what your dad must say), courtship requires the cooperation of both sets of parents. Where dating is about the thrill of the hunt, courtship is about the joy of the result.

Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachel, and Ruth and Boaz all “courted.” Samson “dated”, however, giving his heart to two woman whom he knew he should not marry. Solomon, also—the wisest man in the world! He dated, although his “dating game” might look different from a modern version, because apparently, he married almost every woman he dated. Indeed, courtship is a thoroughly Biblical approach to relationships. It is rooted in one's desire to obey God: "If ye love me, keep My commandments....He who has My commandments, and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and manifest Myself to him (John 14:15, 21)." The emotions of love are grounded by one's desire to honor his parents (Ephesians 6:2-3), and the end result will bring glory to God: "Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on the earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed (Psalms 112:1-2)."

Dating—our modern-day, illogical practice for divorce. Courtship—a sometimes vague, sometimes nebulous, but altogether Biblical alternative to dating. Welcome to this series (as requested by many of you!) and welcome to purposeful, defined courtship.



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Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

8 comments:

  1. AMEN!!!! WONDERFUL post!! /Please/ keep up this type of encouraging content!

    SOLI DEO GLORIA!

    -Kyrie<><

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  2. I can't wait to see more of this series!! Wonderful, beautiful post, Mikaela dear!! Keep up the fabulous work on this blog and this kind of encouraging writing.
    Love you both lots!!~
    ~Miss Raquel

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  3. I couldn't agree more. It is encouraging to see the growing movement back toward biblical courtship. More and more Christians are getting fed up with the empty, heartbreaking results of purposeless dating. I am so grateful for parents who are willing and eager to do things differently. May the Lord be glorified in each beautiful courtship that takes place as a result of His people seeking to glorify Him in every aspect of their life.

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  4. Wonderful. I can't wait to read more. Thank you for all you do!

    Smiles,
    Keilah

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  5. yes a wonderful post of encouragement! I am so glad to see ladies out there being bold for Christ. :)

    My parents and I have prayed and discerned about this subject and right now I am not in a courtship if you want to call it that. But we have seen that we don't need to have me or my sister become entangled in relationships that are not Christ honoring and take away from serving the Lord or saving our hearts and bodies for our future husbands.

    So great to see others who believe the same!

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  6. I definitely agree! Thanks for taking a stand. I can't wait for the rest of the series. =)

    Spare no Arrows!!!
    Lauren E.

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  7. Thank you ladies! I'm thrilled that you are as excited about this series as I am! You're right, Lauren--I need to just write what God has placed on my heart without fear of man. Thanks for that timely and apt reminder!

    Rebecca--could you clarify what you meant in your comment? Are you saying that you will date when the time comes, or you will court? I'm just interested to know where you are coming from!

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  8. Thank you, Mikaela, for the very good post! I look forward to the rest of the series! : )

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