1 Corinthians 7:32–33
32 But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord.
33 But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife.
But I want you to be without care. Paul doesn’t mean careless. He wants them to be free to focus on the things of the Lord and not have to care for another. It is easier to serve the Lord single than married. That is not to say couples cannot serve the Lord together successfully; they can and do. But singleness, when it comes to serving the Lord is a good thing. Unfortunately, when we see a single man or woman on the mission field, for example, a first reaction may be to wonder, or even say out loud, what’s wrong with them?
One of the questions often asked of Carol is, “Do you go the mission field with Roger when he travels to Cambodia?” Her response is yes, she has gone, but “It hinders him from working with the men because he is concerned for me and cannot put one hundred percent into his work there.” That is legitimate. To some degree, I think that is Paul’s primary point. With these tough times that are coming upon the nation, it might be easier to serve the Lord single. There is no dishonor in that.