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Is There a Christian Formula for Online Dating?

Is There a Christian Formula for Online Dating?


Mar 21 2013
Trusting God after listing, praying, and searching the web for my Mr. Right.

The older I get, the easier and more tempting it is to panic that waiting and spending my life doing something besides seeking love will leave me an elderly spinster who could have married if only she hadn't left things up to God. Is He a matchmaker, as Derek Prince wrote, or should I pursue the course of Abraham's servant, who combined trust in God's sovereignty with a plan to choose a bride for his aging master's son?

Abraham's servant went back to his master's hometown. But online daters face dozens of options. For the cost-averse: OKCupid (pro: free; con: known more for free spirits and artists than Christians) and PlentyofFish (pro: free; con: makes Craiglist design look sleek, not geared to Christians, per se). For the marriage-focused and cash-flush: eHarmony (pro: identity-verification option and a better pool of singles; con: minimum cost to communicate: $150). For the moderate-spending but selective: Christian Mingle (pro: geared to Christians, minimum cost to communicate: $30; con: no background checks; pro/con: appears to be the weird online-dating equivalent of a Bible verse mug from Dayspring).

I'm still not sure I want an Internet yenta, but for those looking to put their best foot forward online, Webb's book provides some practical tips, plus several funny bad-date stories and a well-argued case for George Michael.

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