But it is only one of many online dating sites for the mate-less faithful.
Others include Loveandseek.com, Christian Cafe.com, and Equally
” My cursor hovers above “Washboard,” but in the end, I select, “I should maybe lose a few.” Next comes eye color, ethnicity, education, occupation, and smoking and drinking preferences. I’m questioned on what type of church I attend, how often I go, and what ministry I’m involved in. As of 2011, Christian Mingle had garnered more than 5 million users, and generated .9 million in revenue during the first nine months of 2012.
The selection proves again that while the Lord may “looketh at the heart,” His people are still very much interested in outward appearances.
Applying it directly as a promised prosperity in modern Christians’ dating lives requires a feat of theological gymnastics.
Christian dating websites have potential for much good.
Last night I was speaking to a Christian Union meeting at our local university about dating and marriage.
Because dating is a stepping stone to marriage, what the Bible says about whom we may marry applies to whom we may date as well.After all, they are operated by marketers, not theologians.The site is owned by Beverly Hills-based Spark Networks.But Christian Mingle has emptied the tune of its meaning to co-opt its familiar religious language and attract users.One has to wonder why the band would license their song for this purpose. v=pf7QY-8h Jo E Worse still, the site’s header invokes Psalm 37:4 over a picture of a swooning couple: “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” The implication is that if you are a good Christian boy or girl, God will give you your dream mate.Christian Mingle, for example, has been airing an ad during the History Channel mini-series, The Bible.Images of kissing and hand-holding flutter across the screen as a male voice sings, “Someday he’ll call her and she will come running.As usual, the Christian sub-culture is a step behind and not an inch deeper—from music to books to fashion trends, and now with online dating.Christian dating sites are quick to invoke spiritual and even Biblical references in an effort to capture new users, but these marketing ploys are often taken so far out of their original context that they have been emptied of any meaning.The verse at the top right of their home screen is Jeremiah , which says, “For “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” The verse is a favored choice for Christian greeting cards and graduation gifts.But this specific promise was offered to Israel as a reminder that though they find themselves in captivity, God’s covenant with them has not been forgotten.