I like to think of myself as fairly open-minded. That said, I have always found the concept of plural marriage to be, well, interesting. Make no mistake, I don't agree with it, but it amazes me that it's such a foreign lifestyle to me, yet it's practiced right here in our United States.
I've seen some tv programs in the past on women who choose to live in a plural marriage. They seemed like very decent, moral, intelligent Christian (their claim) women, the type I might chat with at the grocery store... until they started talking about how their husbands rotate which wife they sleep with on what night. What?!? There is NO WAY I could live like that, sharing my husband not only in day-to-day matters, but also knowing that he was down the hall sleeping with another woman. What if the kids all favor one "mom" over the others? What if one cooks better? And dealing with multiple sets of in-laws?? I can't even begin to imagine the jealousy that must play out in these homes each day.
Deuteronomy 17:17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. (New International Version Bible)
I'll be praying for all the children who were removed from the compound this week. I know they must be so very confused and scared right now, being torn away from the only life they've ever known. I'm praying that they are able to find a new and happy life away from the polygamous cult.