This is a decrease from previous generations: by the time they were in the current Millennial age range (18-33), 36 percent of Generation Xers, 48 percent of Baby Boomers, and 65 percent of the Silent Generation were married.
Millennials’ median marriage age is also the highest of any group in modern history — 29 for men and 27 for women.
Not only that, but religious Millennials view their professions as honoring God.
We’re also both women who are set on marrying someone who shares our respective faiths — she’s Muslim, I’m Christian.
We joke about our singleness a lot — every embarrassing picture, ridiculous dance move and dumb comment is attended by the sarcastic-but-obligatory, “Why am I still single?
” I hesitate to include this, mainly because I don’t mean to bash the men out there, but I came across too many people who affirmed this notion.
Kevin De Young, author of Just Do Something, says that a number of commentators, Christians included, have noticed a trend in Millennial men — they aren’t growing up.
As more Christian women are both working full-time, and staying single for longer periods than expected, or for life, they will need a positive theology of work.” Of course, it’s not just women who can honor God in their profession.
Men and women alike are choosing to make careers, not marriage, a priority.
With premarital sex on the table for a hefty percentage of religious Millennials, the pull of marriage seems a little bit weaker.
It’s a less one-sided version of the old adage: “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?
In fact, 80 percent of unmarried Millennials who self-identify as evangelicals have had sex, according to a study from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.