I have been reading alot of blogs (etc) lately on the issue of singleness in the church. What got me into this subject was a book by Debbie Maken titled "Getting Serious About Getting Married". This book is, I'm sure, one of millions. What makes this book so different, however, is it's message and who endorsed it. It's message is that all single Christian men have a duty to marry. Very, very few men in Maken's view are given a pass on that. Since she believes this she blames the large number of single Christian women on single Christian men who, she believes, are in large part lazy and immature. She does place some blame on other things but single Christian men are the main focus of her attack. What is worse is that her book has been endorsed by Albert Mohler (SBTS Pres) and it has even gotten some praise from certain people in Focus on the Family. The blogs I have been reading, mostly authored by bitter single women, have several common themes. One of the major themes is that there is a shortage of single men in the church today. Personally I don't really buy into this argument. What I would argue is that there is a shortage of single Christian men AND women in the church today. Many singles in church singles groups** are not Christians and are only at church to meet someone. Want proof? Look at their behavior. Several years ago I heard a popular radio host, based in Raleigh NC, tell a guy who was new to town that a good place to meet single women was at a large church. Was that guy a Christian? No, he just wanted to meet women. Sad thing about it, there were probably more than a few at whatever large church he went to that fell for his game. So there may very well be more women in church than men but there still remains a shortage of single Christian women (and men). So, here is the question (poll). Is there a shortage of single Christian men in the modern church? A shortage of single Christian women? Or a shortage of both? ___________________ **I don't support singles groups.