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September 26, 2018

Does God care when it comes to love?

Does God care when it comes to love?
Does God care when it comes to love?

Sophie is confused. She is a Christian and is dating Hakim who is a Muslim. She loves him. He loves her. How can loving someone from a different religion be wrong?

“My brother and Hakim played ruby together at the same high school. I never really thought much of him. And after they graduated, I no longer saw him around. Life went on…

“Until a year ago… I was leaving a coffee house in town when I heard my name being called and to my surprise it was Hakim. He was more handsome than I remembered him. We hugged and spoke for some time. He tried to convince me to stay longer. But I declined. I was worn out from a long day. We exchanged numbers and that’s when it all began.

“When I sat in the matatu on the way home, I began to blush and feel hot. I thought I was sick. I guess I was: love sick. He was all I could think about. That night I slept like a baby.

“I woke up the next day so full of life and refreshed. When I grabbed my phone to turn off the alarm, there was a text message:

“‘Good morning Sunshine, was great to see you yesterday, I hope I can see you today to warm up my day. Hakim.’

“No revolting text language. It was articulate and adorable. I was dying. I texted back with a smiley and ‘Yes, see you at 6pm…

“Can I say that was the best day of my life? And it has only grown from there. Hakim and I are officially a couple and talking about our careers and our dreams. About marriage and raising a family. But there’s something that keeps nagging at me. I am ‘saved’. You know, the Christian belief of dedicating your life to God and living like Christ did. And Hakim is a Muslim.

“We respect each other’s faith, but a scripture says I shouldn’t be ‘unequally yoked with an unbeliever’ – anyone who is not ‘saved’. But he is an amazing man and more decent than the Bible thumpers I go to church with. I don’t know what to do.

“Hakim is the man for me. In a sense, he is also a believer. And does God really care about who I date? Does it really change anything? He is a good person. He is spiritual. He loves me. He treats me like a queen and with so much respect. I love him with my whole being. What could be wrong with that?”


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