Over the weekend, I discovered perhaps the strangest new addition to the Christian dating cadre: Reformed The site is designed exclusively for Christians who adhere to the Calvinist tradition, a theological system that focuses on human depravity, God’s sovereignty, and the idea that God has already chosen the select few who will be saved.
Amazingly, websites that were designed around a certain biblical idea of marriage do not adapt well to those with different romantic ideals.The presumption gay customers must be served wherever they go makes sense in the context of everyday economic transactions.Now, it asks users their own gender, offering two choices, male or female.Then it shows them the profiles of users of the other sex, but lets them switch to same-sex profiles if they choose.[What happened when an Orthodox Jewish congregation went to a gay bar to mourn Orlando victims] The lawsuit, according to Christianity Today, argued that Christian Mingle violated California’s non-discrimination law that prohibits for-profit companies, such as Spark Networks, which owns Christian Mingle, from discriminating against customers on the basis of sexual orientation, among other categories.
In an email to The Washington Post, Spark Networks said it has no plans to advertise the site to gay Christians, or to go further to make the site work for gay or bisexual users.
The selection proves again that while the Lord may “looketh at the heart,” His people are still very much interested in outward appearances.
Their profile pictures are surprisingly provocative—low cut shirts, exposed shoulders, skin-tight pants, pouty lips.
But the new search function likely won’t prove very useful to gay men or women — the site now lets them view profiles of the same gender, but does not specifically show them fellow gay users.
“My sense is that a fair number of gay Christians will probably not be interested simply because they’re not interested in giving money to a company that has to be forced by the courts to serve them,” Gay Christian Network Executive Director Justin Lee said.
The latest example of the erosion of religious liberty comes as a judge recently ruled that the owners of Christian online dating service Christian Mingle.com, Spark Networks Inc., must begin including gay persons as part of their dating pool to pursue same-sex relationships.