My wife and daughter know this truth well (not to say that women don’t see things.They often do, especially within the actions of other women).Yet it appears that, in many cases, Christian parents have not been actively involved in helping our children develop a biblical understanding of what dating or courtship looks like. For most Christian dads and moms out there, our own dating experiences had little roots to any biblical truth. It is quite apparent that our American culture no longer looks to the Bible to establish its moral foundations.
In that case, both the mother and daughter should look to pull in a man that can speak into the assessment of the young male suitor.
It was also noted in this study that dads as well as moms had little influence when it came to who their children dated.
For every parent out there, this should be a huge wake-up call. This hits the foundational motive to date/court with God’s glory in mind. We know that God’s will for a man and woman is marriage–regarding romantic relationships beyond friendship.
I recently shared with my older children that most marriages are defiled before the man or woman have a chance to say, “I do.” In one prominent online study on dating, over 80% of the respondents indicated that they would consent to sex prior to marriage.
This same study revealed that most couples would move in together prior to their wedding day.