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Dating someone from a different race or ethnic background, known as interracial dating, is still an uncomfortable subject in many quarters. However, the barriers are coming down quickly, as witnessed by the growing number interracial dating sites worldwide. Leading the way are single Christians.
While Christian interracial dating or married couples can live peacefully in most urban societies of the world, they may still be stigmatized in rural areas, and sadly even within the confines of their own church and family.
Therefore, any single Christian thinking about interracial dating should prepare for success by asking themselves the following questions:
What would your family and friends say if you told them you were dating someone from a different race or ethnicity?
If family and friends react negatively to interracial dating, what would be your response?
How will you and your interracial date respond to societal disapproval and outright racism?
Prejudices could come in forms ranging from staring at a restaurant or church, to ostracizing and outright physical threats.Have you and your interracial dating partner openly discussed cultural differences, and their implications if the dating relationship were to culminate in marriage?
Openly and honestly go over the above questions first by yourself, and then together with your interracial dating interest. This excercise will give you an indication of whether or not this interracial dating relationship could be successful.
The longest lasting interracial dating relationships and marriages are those which are able to weave the best of both cultures into unison with each other.
Finally, despite the increase in the number of interracial dating singles, many find it difficult to meet others in their everyday walk of life.This one of the several reasons why online interacial dating sites and services have become popular.
David Butler, the author of this article, is a minister to singles, and has a website, Christian Dating Service PLUS!, geared toward meeting their needs.
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