There it is in our sitcoms and schools, in our commercials and magazines, on our smart phones and in our homes — one theme pounding its way into our psyches: .
If conformity and expectation drives you to do anything, don’t do it, especially in dating.
As teenagers who follow Christ, we shouldn’t want to conform or cave to culture’s standards for relationships. If you watch two people date in a movie, it usually goes like this: The couple meets and there are intense and immediate sparks of attraction. It’s all been killed by a culture of convenience and speed.
So they go out together, just the two of them, to get to know each other. In relationships we’re trained to want all the rewards without any of the work.
It would have been outright, self-focused rebellion. We submit our desires, temptations, timing, preferences, and bodies to Christ, and sacrifice ourselves for the holiness and good of another person.
So wait to date until you can joyfully submit every part of your relationship to God’s loving authority.
No-strings-attached flings are antithetical to this image.