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Many singles subscribe to online Christian romance personals sites because
they assume the word "Christian" implies safety, trustworthiness, good
principles and more. Obviously, there are Christian subscribers on Christian
romance sites. But, there's no guarantee that all the people meeting through
the site are Christians or have impeccable character.
A middle-aged friend opted to subscribe to a Christian personals service
seeking to connect with someone sharing like values and faith. After six
months, she felt incredibly disappointed when her searches returned
individuals more interested in her aesthetic appeal than her values, character
or personality, not to mention faith. Many of those who responded to her
profile were interested in first viewing more images of her before considering
For some, looks are more than just significant. It would seem "like faith" and
"like values" aren't criteria many deem most important when initially
considering a date even on Christian sites. Although my friend's experience
may not be representative of all dating sites, it is nonetheless revealing.
The reasons for joining a Christian dating site likely differ among
subscribers. Some may be more interested in a long-term relationship e.g.
finding a soul mate, while others may be interested in meeting/dating more
than one individual. Still, for a site which touts itself as Christian, many
subscribers perhaps naively anticipate that "looks" wouldn't be the most
important factor in seeking a match.
Individuals who subscribe to Christian services because they anticipate the
subscribers will be more accepting of aesthetic imperfection, may be
disappointed. Looks are more important than many will probably acknowledge.
Also, many people may subscribe to Christian dating services not because they
are individuals of faith, rather, they anticipate meeting an individual who
has attributes often consistent with those who have a strong faith.
More importantly, however, my friend learned that Christian sites do not
guarantee that other subscribers will be people of impeccable character. Nor
can any online dating service guarantee subscribers are of impeccable
character, in spite of good screening. Anyone considering subscribing to a
Christian personals site should embark with the same caution as with any
online dating service. Proceeding with equally realistic notions, whether the
dating service is Christian or otherwise, may result in fewer disappointments.
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