Stop Dating the Church by Joshua Harris calls readers out to wholeheartedly commit to be engaged in a local body of Christ. Josh begins with his personal journey to this commitment, and how his casual views of the importance of the local church changed. In chapter one Josh gives several characteristics of church daters. First, he says they tend to me-centered. What can the Church do for me?
Imagine your wedding day or any beautiful wedding ceremony that you have attended. Think of the husband's eyes—completely focused on his bride. He is captured by her beauty and stands ready to give all his life to her. Similarly, the bride's eyes are only for her groom, and as she steps toward him, she readies herself to make the same lifelong commitment to him. This earthly picture of all-consuming love points us toward a much greater reality.