I’ve actually heard that men and women can’t be “just friends,” but what about Christian relationships? What about the single Christian dating. Here’s an interesting take on the “just friends” saga from Brian Kammerzelt in Relevant Magazine:
There’s more to relationships than the categories of “just friends,” “dating” or “married.”
Ever since Aimee in the first grade, I’ve only ever wanted a wife. I’ve never wanted a lot of friends, to be “one of the guys,” seen as a “ladies man,” or to even “date.” Marriage was my only relational desire. Even at 7 years old, I was fully aware of the ideal of Christian marriage. So, for that end, I began to set my mind, steel my character and discipline my heart so that I might become the most eligible Christian bachelor I could be.
In my pursuit, I have been paying very close attention to the unique subculture that is Christian singleness, dating and relationship advice my entire life.
A new study, surveying 88 pairs of male/female friendships, shows that men are significantly more likely to perceive in these friendships a potential for romance—and in fact, the friendships that did not leave any room for attraction were a staggering minority.
But you don’t have to be a scientist to recognize this reality.
Now in my mid-30s and single, I have learned much about relationships the hard way over the years. Among these lessons, I’ve learned what many others have learned before me: that Christian men and women can’t be “just friends.”
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