Jared Wilson has posted a great list of “rules” for a young man suitor hoping to date his daughter on The Thinklings. I will be keeping this list close for the eventual day when I get to disciple the young man wanting to spend more time with Iona (granted that she is 2 and I hope to be waiting a long time.)
Of the 12 points, my favorites are:
“1. You must love Jesus. I don’t care if you’re a “good Christian boy.” I was one of those too. So I know the tricks. I’m going to ask you specific, heart-testing questions about your spiritual affections, your daily devotional life, your idols, your disciplines, and the like. I’ll cut you a little bit of slack because you’re young and hormonal and your pre-frontal lobe isn’t fully developed yet, but I’ll be watching you like a hawk. I know you. I was you. You will think you can fool me, and you likely have fooled many other dads who didn’t pay much attention to their daughters’ suitors, but I will be on you like Bourne on that guy whose neck he broke. Which guy was that? Every guy. So love Jesus more than my daughter or go home. ”
“3. I will talk to your dad and tell him I will hold him responsible if you don’t treat my daughter like a lady. If he thinks I’m a crazy person, you fail the test and won’t get to date her. If he understands what I’m saying, that bodes well for you. ”
“5. You will accept my Facebook friend request. ”
And for the win:
“8. If I am not your pastor, I will talk to the man who is. If your pastor is a woman, why I am talking to you, again? ”
Read the whole list here.