Part of my new job requires me to drive from time to time. Recently I had to drive to Wildwood, FL. This trip is about 5 hours one way. If you’ve ever driven a long distance you know that entertaining yourself is always a challenge. I forgot to take the time to prepare myself CDs to listen to, so I was stuck with the “scan” feature on the radio. Eventually I ran into NPR, a station I frequent (when I can find it). NPR was running a story about Black American Orthodox Muslims. Apparently in their scriptures they are taught that polygamy is best for a family. They especially said that having 2 wifes is best, then 3, then 4, if you cannot treat more than 1 wife equally (fairly), then you should only marry 1. They interviewed a few different polygamist families, they all shared good things and bad things about polygamy (the number one bad thing mentioned was the potential for jealously amoung wives). One lady was a Southern Baptist converted to Muslim. She was her husband’s first wife, and she decided that she wanted to study abroad. Realizing what this would do to her family, she decided it would be best to find another wife for her husband, so that he would be taken care of. The NPR reporter fairly stated that sex is one reason for polygamist marriage, but assured her listeners that alturism is often another reason (such as taking a widow as a second wife to help support her and her children).
If we look in the Bible, we see many examples of Polygamists. I am not saying that these are examples for us to follow. The biggest name I can think of for polygamists would be Abram (Abraham). Although he was not the biggest polygamist (Solomon), being that he was the father of the faith (as some call him), his polygamy cannot go unnoticed. Traditionally, however, Christians believe that Monogamy is the best practice. I think there are probably more scriptural commands that encourage monogamy, than those that encourage polygamy (1 Timothy 3 for example).
Given all of what I have said, and all that you already know, I have a question. If a polygamist family converts to Christianity, what should they do? Divorce? Remain as they are? What are your thoughts?