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At What Age Should My Teenager Date?

At What Age Should My Teenager Date?

Is there an appropriate age when we should allow our teenager(s) to date? Should we set up rules and guidelines for their dating? How should we go about this?

In this episode of the Straight Truth Podcast, host Dr. Josh Philpot asks Dr. Richard Caldwell, how should Christian parents think about their teenager(s) dating? Is there a right way and a wrong way? What guidelines would he suggest on dating in general?

Dr. Caldwell says that there is a broad spectrum among Believers about how to handle this. There is one end of the spectrum where there are arranged marriages where one never dates before marrying. Then there is the other end where dating 30 or so individuals before one gets married is acceptable because it doesn’t matter how many people you date. However, he would say we need to think through this with great care because it does matter.

When dealing with a male/female relationship that involves romanticism, desires for another that are attractional in nature, we are dealing with some potentially dangerous issues. He agrees that as Christian’s we want to be intentional about our dating. We need to think about things like: Why are we dating? Who are we dating? What is their character? Are they someone I would want to marry and spend the rest of my life with? Are they a Christian?

Dr. Caldwell says his personal view is that the initial going out with someone does not have to be a serious talk about marriage. Dating can be a healthy way to learn how to socialize with the opposite sex. Through dating, we can discover characteristics in others that we may like and dislike. It can be a time for gathering information about each other that we don’t already know. However, he also shares that he doesn’t think that a young person is prepared to date unless they have worked out for themselves a set of standards from God’s Word.

These standards would involve what their dating relationship(s) will look like that they are unwilling to compromise, even if it means losing other dates. They have a concept of what it means to honor Christ in their dating, and they have worked it out from Scripture. They can explain it, and they are not going to compromise it.

The Bible doesn’t directly address dating. Dating is more of a western idea that seems to have evolved from the earlier concept of courtship. What we would see primarily in the Bible are cultures that involved arranged marriages. So we won’t find dating standards there. But what we will find are principles that are good and safe. Dr. Philpot asks Dr. Caldwell to share some of those, and he does.

So then, when it comes to dating, says Dr. Caldwell, we would take the principles, the standards arrived at from the Scriptures, and apply them. Ask the questions, do you love the Lord; do you want to honor Him in this decision? Then move forward and don’t compromise; live for Christ. These are the ways that Dr. Caldwell has guided his own children. Telling them further that the chief thing is, if you find someone who loves Christ, they will love you. You don’t have to date many people to find the right person.

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