Connecting with Culture
It’s been said that culture is ‘what we make of the world’, but what does that look like as Christians? How can we begin conversations about what’s goin...
Whether you met your spouse on SALT, have a Hinge horror story, or would be terrified to even try Tinder, dating apps have undoubtedly shaped the way we pursue and perceive love.
Tinder says, ‘if you’re looking for love, you’ve come to the right place.’ Recently, the popular dating app confirmed plans to launch a new ‘high end’ membership, Tinder Vault. This pricy package promises an ‘even more fun experience’ with limitless swipes, prioritised likes, and profile boosts.
Don’t get me wrong, as a single 20-something, I totally get it. I’d love to find love. And there’s a good chance you’re looking for love, too – even if you’re not on a dating app or, like me, can’t stomach the thought of paying £400 per month to find ‘the one’. Looking for love isn’t wrong; in fact, it’s a natural and good desire. We all want to be known intimately because we’re created in the image of our relational God (Genesis 1:26-27).
What’s more, the Bible celebrates romantic love and sexual pleasure in marriage. Look at the description of marital consummation in Song of Songs – it doesn’t shy away from the birds and the bees! That said, marriage isn’t the be-all and end-all, and is by no means guaranteed. In his goodness, God may choose to bless you with a spouse. But even then, this love will only ever be a shadow of his vast love for you.
So, back to online dating… by all means, give it a go (I have)! It’s a tried-and-tested way to meet people – just like you might spark up a conversation at church. But, as followers of Jesus, we’re to use the apps distinctively and with discernment.
Ask the Spirit to help you radiate peace and joy in your singleness, showing that your identity is in Christ, not in the number of matches you get each day. If your friends are anything like mine, they’ll want minute-by-minute updates on your love life. These conversations are an opportunity to explain what you’re looking for – not a one-night stand but rather a committed relationship and, ultimately, marriage to someone else who loves Jesus.
Finally, model integrity by presenting an honest picture of yourself when creating a profile, and faithfulness by speaking to one person at a time.
Swiping right might be the first step to finding a spouse. But whether you’re single or married, keep looking to Jesus. In him, you are loved beyond measure.
Marketing & Communications Executive, LICC