“Do not be unequally
yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with
lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with
Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What
agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living
God.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-16
high school, when I started dating, this was a passage that seemed to get
quoted more than seemed reasonable at the time. I remember thinking about it,
and the “every date is a potential mate” that usually came along with it, and
just rolling my eyes. I’ll be honest, I didn’t date any Christians until
college, even though I’ve been a Christian since I was very young. A large part
of that is because there never seemed to be much difference between the guys at
church and the guys at school – except the guys at school were nicer. It’s a
convenient excuse, and when I look back now I see it as just that – an excuse –
and I’m grateful that God brought me together with my sweet, Christian husband
in college, because I don’t know what I would have done in the post-college
dating world. Judging from what our single friends say, it’s a scary, hard
place to be, particularly if you want to avoid the temptation to become
was a conversation with a single friend that got the story idea for Serenity to Accept cooking. He, like my
main character Jason, had found himself attracted to someone at work. They’d
gone out casually with some work friends a few times and he realized that she
had no interest in God. Could he still date her or was that just playing with
fire? Ultimately he chose to try and continue the relationship, but as time
went on, it got more complicated and distracting until, as he says, God thumped
him on the head and he broke things off.
the book, Jason tries to balance being “salt and light” to Karin with his
attraction and his desire not be unequally yoked. And I do believe we can (and
should) be friends with the non-believers in our sphere. The thing that escaped
me, and a number of my Christian friends, in high school (and what I strive to
remember today) is that we need to avoid being polluted by the world through
our relationships (platonic or romantic) and keep at the forefront of our minds
that fact that we are the temple of the living God.
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Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the
letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and
love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and
graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy
her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of
books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any
other activity. Elizabeth is a member of ACFW and lives in the suburbs of
Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little
boys. Visit her website at www.ElizabethMaddrey.com
About the Book:
Is there an exception to
Karin Reid has never had
much use for God. There’s been too much pain in her life for her to accept that
God is anything other than, at best, disinterested or, at worst, sadistic.
Until she meets Jason Garcia.
After his own mistakes of
the past, Jason is committed to dating only Christians. He decides to bend his
rule for Karin, as long as she comes to church with him.
As their friendship grows,
both will have to decide if they’ll accept the path God has for them, even if
it means losing each other.
Release date: September 9, 2013.
Paperback ISBN 978-1-938708-23-7
Ebook ISBN 978-1-938708-24-4
“Serenity to Accept” by Elizabeth Maddrey is book three of the ‘Grant Us