My mom has some kind of problem with dates. Ever since our church happily established without actually checking with us youths first that Dating is only allowed when we're 18.
Quite honestly, I think that's a little bit dumb.
First off, how would someone from the outside know that you're matured enough to date? You could be 18 and still not be ready. You could be 20 and still be immature. You could be 50 and still not be "old" enough to date. I mean, please.
Secondly, setting an age limit for youths just make us want to rebel more. DUHHHHHH HAVEN'T YOU PEOPLE LEARNED BY NOW?! Gosh.
I personally don't see anything wrong with dating. Like I said before, dating doesn't necessarily mean that you're boyfriend/girlfriend, going to be all kissy kissy touchy touchy huggy huggy. A date could be just something you go on to get to know the other person better before deciding to embark on something a little more serious. It could work out, it might not, but how would we know unless we tried?
Okay, in Christian-minded Godly thinking, I think we should think like Pastor Sam. There is no such age limit. Dating is fine. Having a significant other is fine. As long as you've got your life on the right track, and you're right before God, then hey! For all you know, it could be God's plan right? Let's say you're 17 and the most perfect guy comes along, and you're totally right with God and everything, but you say, Oh, I can't date till I'm 18 coz the church says so, and then this guy gets tired of waiting for you because, well, I wouldn't be surprised, I'd get tired too, and then he decides that maybe he should go and try his luck somewhere else. Then you would have COMPLETELY missed out on God's plan! God would be sitting up there, knuckling his forehead and saying, "Aiyoooooooooooooooooooooooo!"
In the non-Christian not-so-Godly thinking, I say HEY GO RIGHT AHEAD BABY. Date all you want, because, well, its scientifically proven that people, not just teens, date in order to find the right partner. It makes sense right?! And plus, I wouldn't want to be forty and have my kid arguing with me about dating. Then it'll come to a part where she'll say, "How would you know, Mom, you were such a matron! You didn't date till you were 18 coz the CHURCH told you not to!"
What about your heart?
Maybe this seems like such a shallow topic, but I don't think it is, especially among church-goers. Seriously, think about it.