“Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:4b-6).
“Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).
A recent story in the New York Post presents polyamory as a normal, healthy lifestyle.
According to the Post, “Laura and Mike Leonard, both 28, have been happily married for three years. Their secret to a successful union? Sleeping with other people. Since getting married in 2015, the Leonards have practiced polyamory, or having multiple romantic partners. Both have slept with more than 10 other people outside of their relationship.”
Ms. Leonard claims that “‘Having sex with other people has nothing to do with us “being cheaters”’ We both just need more than one sexual partner to fulfill our needs.’”
Mr. Leonard adds, “‘Although I can get jealous of her other partners, she does her best to ensure she divides her time between us all.’”
There are several major problems with this story. First, we wouldn’t recommend seeking marital advice from a couple that has only been married for three years. Second, dividing one’s time among various lust interests is not marriage, it’s adultery. Third, people should realize that there is an effort to normalize various forms of sexual deviancy—including the polyamory movement—in American society.
There are many alternative unions that attempt to mimic authentic marriage in our modern culture, but ultimately these vain imitations are only mockeries of the real thing. God’s design for marriage (one man and one woman exercising marital fidelity until they are parted by death) is still in the best interest of everyone.
Celebrate marriage. Denounce deviancy.