According to last year’s U.S. census, 45% of households are maintained by unmarried women or men. In our churches, single adults comprise a third or more of the typical congregation. So why is it that most churches offer very little reflection on the single life? Why is it that biases against unmarried adults remain so strong, and usually subconscious? While Scripture certainly depicts the sanctity of marriage, we are making a horrible mistake to assume that sanctity is in any way less accessible to the unmarried. The apostle Paul, for instance, speaks to some of the advantages of the single life (1 Corinthians 7:32ff.).
I’m speaking on this subject at Elmbrook Church this weekend. If anyone has any observations or convictions to share with me, leave a comment (you don’t need to leave your full name).
Here are some other statistics from the census:
53 percent are women/47 percent are men
61 percent have never been married/24 percent are divorced/15 percent are widowed
31.7 million live alone and comprise 27 percent of all households, up from 17 percent in 1970.
16.2 million are 65 and older and comprise 17 percent of all unmarried people.
There are 88 unmarried men 18 and older for every 100 unmarried women.