Websters Dictionary defines an epidemic as something "affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time" especially of a negative connotation. That's us. These days, a very large number of people within "our" community fail to remain married and an increasing number fail to even try.
I believe "singleness" may have become an epidemic. It's a malady. Lots of words to say it's a very bad thing and I am not sure any society or sub-culture within a society can sustain it. Though not necessarily looking at it in a faith-based context, others are writing about this, as well, in talking about teenagers who have never seen a wedding!
I believe singleness could be robbing the body of Christ of its witness, its power and its cohesion. To a degree, it may be robbing us of our overall understanding of our faith. After all, Paul goes great lengths to help us understand the relationship of Jesus to His Church by using marriage as an analogy. Old Testament prophets did the same. In a day where fewer and fewer people even attempt marriage, could we be losing our ability to grasp and communicate our faith?
Is this a problem? Or a symptom of a deeper problem? What can be done about it? The current "wisdom" relating to marriage is wait...wait...wait...take your time...wait...wait...wait...and....wait. We date FOREVER...stay engaged FOREVER and then, finally, stay married half as long as many of the previous generations did.
I think it's time to give the current wisdom the boot and start looking for partners again! Somebody point me towards people encouraging marriage...PLEASE???!!!
"Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him."
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