So I agree that sometimes marriage eludes us simply because we are not prepared…or sufficiently prepared for marriage, (see part 1). Sometimes it may be that we are still arrogantly wrapped up in the thought that the great God instituted marriage just to satisfy our desires and fulfil our plans.
One the other side of this golden coin however, are the following truths:
- There are countless beautiful, committed, ‘fully-surrendered-to-God ‘s-will-and-purpose’ Christian women who are by anyone’s standards, who are perfectly marriagable…but they are still single.
- The ratio of Christian men to women is…well, disappointing to say the least. Let’s look at the stats according to Tony Walter, “Why are Most Churchgoers Women? A Literature Review,”Vox Evangelica 20 (1990):73-90:
- In England, out of every 100 church attenders, 55 are women and 45 men (in England
generally, women outnumber men slightly, 51:49). The difference is most marked in liberal nonconformist churches, such as Methodist (60:40) and United Reformed (57:43), which tend to lack males aged 20-40. Evangelical churches have a more even balance, with Baptists 57:43 and independent churches 53:47. The Church ofEngland has a ratio of 55:45, and the Roman Catholics 54:46 (Nationwide Initiative in Evangelism 1980). The ratios in Wales (61:39) !!!!! and Scotland (Protestant 63:37, Catholic 57:43)
- In the USA, the patterns are somewhat different, with the more evangelical churches being particularly attractive to women (Pentecostals 2:1, Baptists 3:2)
If you wish to read the rest of this review please click the link above. I’m too depressed now to read the rest of it, interesting as it is…sniffle…
The point I was trying to make…would you pass me the tissue please? is that regardless how fully ‘prepped and loaded’ we are as Christian women…there are many absolutely nubile Christian women who will never marry!!!!!!
There…I said it! Where’s that darn post about what to do while waiting?
Not feeling so sparky right now. x