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Titled “Love Song,” the hit tune by Jars of Clay is about God calling us into loving relationship with Himself.
But Christian Mingle has emptied the tune of its meaning to co-opt its familiar religious language and attract users.
In a twist of irony, Reformed Singles seeks to assemble a crowd of people who minimize humans’ ability to choose and then inundate them with choices.
When I discovered the site, I tweeted about it and received the following reply from Barnabas Piper, son of reformed paragon John Piper: His response seems to echo my feeling that these sites and the Christians who engage in them might not be thinking as deeply as one might assume.
I want to fall in love with you.” At first viewing, the spot is wildly effective.
But those who are familiar with the song will note that the “arms” mentioned are God’s and not Prince Charming’s.
The new trend in dating sites built exclusively for Christians may have emerged long after their general market analogs but they make few strides in avoiding the same pitfalls.
As usual, the Christian sub-culture is a step behind and not an inch deeper—from music to books to fashion trends, and now with online dating.
The company also owns, Adventist Singles Connection, Black Singles, Deaf Singles Connection, Catholic Mingle, as well as sites for Mormons, Jews, military members, and plus-size women (and the men who want to date them). The selection proves again that while the Lord may “looketh at the heart,” His people are still very much interested in outward appearances.