In response to Christian teaching, now Christian polyamory is claiming to be another oppressed sexual identity.
Amid all the other sexual practices that don’t conform to Christian ethics, recently re-articulated in the “Nashville Statement,” some are trying to push Christian polyamory as another sexual minority that must be liberated from oppression.
Polyamory should mean that the institution of marriage can be expanded to more than two partners of either sex. But actually, Christian polyamory is equated with an open marriage. They just want to sleep around with other people beside (or perhaps, in addition to?) their spouses.
Since the rise of no-fault divorce this has been de facto legal. But that’s not enough. A person’s failure to be faithful to his or her spouse must now be given a theological excuse.
Why can’t these people just renounce Christianity and leave Christians alone? Why the eternal quest to force religious approval?
Thus, Chuck McKnight posts, “It’s Time for the Church to Talk About Polyamory.”
The Christian church has come a long way on matters related to human sexuality. Of particular note has been the headway made in affirming the LGBTQ community in many mainline, progressive, and liberal streams of the church. That’s not to say we don’t still have a long way to go, but I’m proud of the strides we’ve made. And I’m proud of the fact that we’re having these conversations, working through issues that present themselves, and figuring out what it means to be queer and Christian.
However, the same can’t yet be said for another relational orientation: polyamory.
Polyamory, defined in a recent, wide-ranging survey as “consensually non-monogamous relationships [where] there is an open agreement that one, both, or all individuals involved in a romantic relationship may also have other sexual and/or romantic partners,” has been on the rise in global culture at large—and even within the church. In the interest of transparency, I should also disclose the fact that my wife and I are polyamorous ourselves and recently decided to open our marriage as such.
Some conversations certainly have been happening, but for the most part, they’ve been taking place well off the radar of the church at large. Sure, there are plenty of whispers and rumors. And there are the knee-jerk reactions from conservative watchdogs, warning about the “slippery slope” from LGBTQ-affirmation to polyamory (as if that would be an obvious problem). And a fewindividualaffirmingvoiceshave been speaking over the past few years.
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