She says she assumed that God would present her with a fine Christian man, complete with a shiny red bow, and that meeting him would be just around the corner.Most of the men that ask Theresa out are not Christians, which makes it easy for her to say no.
“Most non-Christian men respond to this by saying ‘check please!
’ I got tired of the dinner ritual and have sped up the process.
Now I simply drop the Jesus-bomb right away.”She says dates were easier to come by in her early twenties, when most people that age are still single.
“But my twenties came and went and now most of my peers are married and having babies,” she explains. And the few I have seen, I have no interest in, not that they are asking me out in the first place.”Theresa is far from alone in her situation.
Being single today -especially a single Christian- isn’t easy.
A variety of issues assault today’s Christian singles, including pressure to marry from family, friends, and well-intentioned church members; a lack of dating options; and, of course, sexual temptation.
In addition, women face the constant ticking of their biological clocks.“In singles’ groups with people age 30 and above, a significant portion of the singles are single again,” says Chip Ingram, president of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries and author of Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships.
“Thus, the pain of the failed relationship and often being a single parent multiplies the stress in an older single’s world as well as making it difficult for the never-have-been-married singles to discern what their role is in developing relationships where they would be inheriting a family or dealing with baggage from their partner’s past.” A lot of older single Christians, who didn’t expect to be single at this point, admit to feeling lost.
“They thought they would be married by now, or if they’re divorced, they never expected that to happen to them,” says 33-year-old Lori Smith, author of The Single Truth: Challenging the Misconceptions of Singleness with God’s Consuming Truth.