Baptist view on teen dating
It strikes most secular folk as curious (at best), strange, backwards, repressed.
Chastity is also something many of us Christians have to learn. I offer only a flawed example, a few suggestions, and the reminder of why, as Christians, we should care about chastity in the first place.
It challenges the movies we watch, the magazines we read, the songs we listen to.
It runs counter to the way many of our unchristian friends organize their lives.
“Generally speaking, daughters’ labor was not as valuable as sons’ labor.
When Roy Moore, then 34 years old, asked 17-year-old Debbie Wesson Gibson whether she would date him, Gibson asked her mother what she would think. “It’s not so uncommon that people would necessarily look at it askance,” said Nicholas Syrett, a University of Kansas professor who recently published a book on child marriage in America.A parent was interested in having her marry and move on.” Even as farm economics became less relevant to most families, Syrett said, the conservative religious emphasis on preventing girls from engaging in sexual activity outside marriage caused the cultural preference for girls’ marrying at a young age to continue.Brad Wilcox, a sociologist at the University of Virginia who studies marriage and families in the United States, said that while people tended to date and marry younger in the 1970s and 1980s, when Moore allegedly was dating teenagers, an age gap such as that between Moore and the girls would still have been highly unusual.He said he’s not sure what to make of the report about Moore, and he’s not sure whether he’ll vote for him. “I like to give people the benefit of the doubt and say let’s see what the truth is.” He said he wants to talk to Moore and his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, and then send his personal conclusion to his email list of 3 million evangelical Alabama voters.For most of them, a relationship such as the ones Moore is reported to have pursued with teens is far beyond the norm. Even “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, a conservative Christian who married his wife when he was 20 and she was 16, caused a firestorm years ago for advising men, “You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16.” Easter said she experienced this courtship culture herself.
In the 1970s, when Moore was in his 30s and reportedly dating teenagers, the laws on child marriage were changing, Syrett said.