Christian Boy Meets Christian Girl

Brad M. Griffin | Jun 3, 2011

Christian kids may hold with a high view of marriage, but that view has very weak legs when it tries to walk out dating relationships.

Anxiety, pressure, paralysis, cluelessnessthese are some of the adjectives used to describe high school and college students in an interview study highlighted by Susan Olasky in this article in World Magazine, Christian Boy Meets Christian Girl, passed along to us by a parent of teenagers. As she spoke with conservative Christian college students, Olasky heard a story on the other side of young adult promiscuity: students who are afraid to connect or build relationships with the other gender for fear of the many possible negative consequences of dating.

This raises a lot of interesting questions about what kind of storyline Christian subculture has created for emerging adults when it comes to relationships, dating, and marriage. What do you think? Has the pendulum swung from ring by spring and Mrs. Degree culture to one that avoids dating and marriage altogether?

Or is this just one spoke on a complicated wheel of relationship scenarios for college students and other emerging adults who are Christians? How can we help those in our care who are spinning that wheel find some direction?

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California.


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