And such situations are actually far rarer than they seem.
The reality is often that friends get hurt, friendships dissolve, and bitterness grows.
But as a pastor I see it at a different level and have greater concern over it. It can lead to isolation as hurt feeling ensue from the fall-out.
We recently had an awful experience where an engaged couple ended their relationship. It can even, in some very sad cases, end in people leaving the church.
Within that struggle, inevitably the question comes up: Can a Christian date a non-Christian?
The Bible addresses the hardships that come with marrying a nonbeliever, so that's rather clear.
Remember that after this date you will still have responsibility for their growth.
As partners in the same church you have very specific responsibilities towards one another and responsibilities together for the rest of your church.I love our guys and girls and often think that they are good matches.But the danger is that a couple doesn’t “make-it,” and that fall-out can harm the body.I can speak from real experience here, both as a pastor and as a former serial dater.As a young man I dated just about every girl in my church youth group and, in retrospect, saw the damage it did. When a couple breaks-up it can create divisions in the church as friends choose sides.Type the word "dating" into your Bible search tool, and what comes up? I remember wishing there was an entire book of the Bible dedicated to the topic when I was single, or at least a chapter.