Sixteen years ago, when I was in my late teens, cannabis was a big part of my life.Today it continues to confront me as a pastor in a city where recreational marijuana is legally celebrated.Bible standards related to righteousness and morality are falling by the wayside.More and more couples are living together apart from the marriage bond. The flippant attitudes of some who “shack up together” are startling.
Even moderate drinking, which is biblically permissible, has lubricating psychoactive effects.The mindset of a permanent marriage is not in their immediate plans.A letter written by a young woman (addressed to one of her college teachers) says she is considering a live-in relationship with a man, and states the issues very well. We want to live together, work together—to share, to trust, and to love one another. Anticipate patience, forgiveness, and frustration (Gal. God is with you, brothers and sisters, and he is working his perfect plan through the inevitable, excruciating awkwardness of Christian dating (Psalm ; Prov. Redemption: (8) Your primary goal should be to assist the other person in growing in sanctity and love for Christ and others (Phil. (9) Because of our union with Christ, the brother/sister relationship is the foundational relationship between two dating Christians (Mark ; 1 Cor. But more than anything else, I pray that sanity and peace would come to my peers in the world of Christian dating. Marriage is founded upon the biblical basis of a covenant.