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September 29, 2006

Standard Assumptions

Gina gave us some good caution on the conclusions we can jump to in matters of the heart. Let me just point out that the Washington Post editorial I originally linked to was referring to new census data that shows, empirically, that there are quite simply fewer single men than single women in the Washington D.C. area.

Both singles and married folk in the church can sometimes forget that God doesn't promise marriage for everyone. When we forget that, we singles can sometimes get a little resentful and petulant. Understood. But there is a better way. I highly recommend Lori Smith's book The Single Truth, which digs into Scripture to see what God has to say about the issue. The cover is full of pink roses, but Lori wrote it for both women and men; so guys, buy the book and slap on some clip art of a motorcycle. Lori looked at the assumptions we, as singles, often make, as well as the assumptions we pick up from "church culture," and contrasts these with biblical truth. It's challenging and encouraging. Go find a copy and read it!

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