At the moment I’m reading Francine Rivers latest book, ‘The Masterpiece.’ This is the second time I’ll be reading it and this time, I noticed some details I missed out at the first.
Anyway, I got to this part where the friends of the main character, Grace, registered her on a christian dating site without her consent. In another part of town, some of the youth members of a church set up their youth Pastor, a young widower, on that same dating site. Without knowing what was going on, the two of them had a date already fixed at a restaurant.
It was at the restaurant that Grace informed the Pastor about the set up and the Youth Pastor also explained that he had been set up too. From the story, the Pastor happened to be a genuine loving christian and as time went by, Grace got to meet and bond with his youth members and a strong friendship between the two was built.
At that moment it occurred to me, ‘Was it possible that if I googled Christian dating sites, something would come up? It had never occurred to me that such was possible. I knew there were general dating sites open to all but for sites set aside for christian singles, I wasn’t sure it existed. I decided to find out.
Before I could finish typing the words on the search bar, google brought up ‘christian dating sites in Nigeria.’
In my mind, I also shouted, ‘Are you kidding me? There was a site like this right here at home?’
It was a site for Nigerian christian singles to connect and build relationships. There were success testimonies, profiles of men and women, many of them seeking godly spouses and friendships. The Nigerian site isn’t as popular as the foreign ones. For most of the christian sites, their mission was to connect godly singles.
Looking beyond dating sites, I have heard and seen believers connect with their spouses for the first time via Facebook, Instagram and through some other online tools. A friendship was built and it graduated into an amazing relationship. Many of the friendships I have now started virtually. Still, we have heard of relationships that started online which ended with emotions messed up and hearts broken.
What do you think? Can God’s leading be found on social media where you’ve never met the other person physically?
Is it ok for believers to register and connect with others via these Christian dating sites? Is social media one of the ways God can connect godly Christian singles together? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the Comments below.