“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
In 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 unequally yoked.
It 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.
In 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 every rule?
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
Ebook ISBN 978-1-938708-24-4
Contemporary Christian Romance.
“Serenity to Accept” by Elizabeth Maddrey is book three of the ‘Grant Us Grace’ series