Series: Gender & Sexuality
Title: Singleness, the Gift Few People Want – Part Four
“Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.” 1 Corinthians 7:1
Most of us would not welcome singleness as a gift, especially in our younger days when we would probably fear it more as a fate. But Paul speaks about it as a gift. From his letter to the Corinthians, Charles Price draws parallels from the spiritual environment in the city of Corinth to our day, and gives us an understanding as to why singleness, as well as marriage, is perceived as a gift.
Paul makes the statement, “I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that” (1 Corinthians 7:7). Paul is saying, ‘this gift’ is the gift of singleness, and ‘that gift’ is the gift of marriage. There is, of course, the incongruity of someone who has been married a long time and has experienced its virtues and struggles. Some have had to deal with the death of a spouse and are left to live singly, sometimes for many years. Others go through separation and divorce and there are those who do not marry at all. Statistics Canada tells us that in the last census 51.5 percent of the adult population are single. This is the first time since 1871 that there are more single adults in Canada than married adults.
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