Christian advice for young dating teens

People attempting to follow a courtship model within today's culture, however, often run into a lot of practical questions, such as, "What if her dad is unavailable or uninterested in being involved?

As believers in Christ, our primary mission here on earth is to represent our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News about what he has done for us on the Cross (Matthew -20).

I know you are young, but whether you know it or not you truly are more of an “elder” in your youth group, and the younger members are looking to you as an example for holy living.

I don't think that is that surprising, because he's an older guy and probably the most godly man I know.

But here's the thing: I think he might like me, too.

Other messages have stressed that Christians need to be much more counter-cultural.

Joshua Harris, for instance, has promoted a model of courtship that harkens back to a model used broadly before modern dating evolved.

HE SAID: I appreciate you seeking counsel as you may sense the seriousness of the ramifications of the relationship you desire.

As a “perennial” high school youth leader, I would be remiss if I didn’t share some of the astute guidance I received under the tutelage of some very wise pastors and mentors.

That means if the “appearance” of what you are doing (even if it is on the up and up) would lead someone to think there is something “evil” going on and could be offensive to them, then you need to do your best to steer clear of it.

from it, being conscientious of your actions and how they can influence others will be a priority for you in your faith journey.

is a biweekly advice column for singles featuring a question from a reader with responses from a male and female point of view.