This is the first in a series of posts considering the issue of choosing to pursue marriage. Evangelicals treat this issue in various ways. The traditional view is that there is an obligation to get married (except for those gifted to remain single), such that single men must pursue marriage with a sense of urgency, and single women should cooperate in being pursued. While this is not taught much these days, it seems to be gaining a resurgence, and with that, new opposition. In this post I will briefly consider the argument made for this position based on 3 key bible passages, Gen 2:18, Matt 19:10-12 and 1 Cor 7.
The foundation for this view lies in Gen 2:18, It is not good for the man to be alone. This is interpreted as a mandate against singleness and for marriage. While the statement in Genesis is being given as a reason for the creation of Eve for Adam, it is viewed as applying to all adults with few exceptions, mandating that they should not be alone, but should instead be married, and that there is urgency to do what can be done to escape the aloneness (mainly directed at men, who have a more proactive role to play). (more…)