“Many singles are the people most committed to Christ and yet most vulnerable in the culture and in the church…If you wanted to be married today you could be…If you had no criteria, no real guidelines, or no moral standards to speak of…Anybody who doesn’t have any standards can get married…Singleness for the right reasons is not a matter of fate but of faithfulness, and we need to see it through the eyes of the Lord, who honours those who honour him with their whole being.”
– Douglas Webster, How God Shapes us Through Relationships
Great quote don’t you think? I came across this through Sarie King’s article, Singleness: Not fate but faithfulness, which I thoroughly recommend you read in full. While not single myself, I have a number of friends who are and I think it’s appropriate that their faithfulness be celebrated. Indeed I find myself disturbed by what I see as a distorted view of relationships in Protestant churches. Growing up Catholic I had issues with mandatory celibacy in the priesthood. Now as a Protestant I find I have issues with their equal and opposite tendency: mandatory marriage. We should celebrate faithfulness in every form.