While no youth groups would come right out and teach this, the message seems to be part of many churches’ implicit curriculum (see Dave Csinos’ article on page 7).
This is why parents and youth workers must emphasize that our vocation — doing and being what God has called of us — is more important and more fulfilling than romantic relationships.
It is a normal aspect of life, particularly in teens’ stage of development.
As teenagers are growing and learning how to relate to one another, it is healthy for them to have questions about, and interest in, dating.
And we can encourage them to have great trust in God, but also to question our human interpretations of the Bible without fear.