As you strive to continue raising godly girls, I encourage you to teach them the difference between courting and dating. Though I believe the Lord had a plan for my life, I also believe that if I had truly understood the clear difference between the two when I was a teenager, I would have spared myself an awful lot of heartbreak.
When I was 14, Juanita, my youth group leader, proudly announced she was courting a young man named Eric. Eric was a pastoral intern. He was in his early twenties, and he was a little awkward. He was quiet, reserved and had absolutely no sense of fashion. Juanita, on the other hand, was someone I looked up to. She was kind, friendly, stylish, and way out of Eric’s league in my mind.
I was baffled by the very odd pairing, I didn’t get it, and I was even more confused, when she went on to explain the difference between courting, and dating. It was like she was and Eric were from another planet.
One of these things is not like the other.
Earlier this week, ABC reported that 5.7 million viewers tuned in to “The Bachelorette”.
I confess, I watched probably 2 to 3 episodes of earlier seasons, however my sole purpose for watching was to ridicule the contestants. Believe me, my intent, is not to judge anyone for watching, regardless of your purpose, but to simply help you realize that though we know this is not the most wholesome of shows, we are watching.
The Bachelorette, is just one in a series of dating shows. Shows where young girls are told they can learn to be confident, strong, decisive, and sought after. Handsome intelligent men compete for The Bachelorrette’s affections, making it appear almost chivalrous, yet the premise of the show, is to win by deception.
Dating is a battleground filled with deception and infidelity.
– Andrew S. Trees
Courting, on the other hand, has a completely different purpose.
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