I am hoping someone can help me reconcile some of the Old Testament heroes of faith with those of today. I really have a hard time understanding why prominent figures in the Bible were incredibly complacent about polygamy and other sexual sins and why seemingly God never called them out for it. Yes, I understand sin has a way of catching up with you and sometimes God leaves you to your own devices as due discipline. Obviosly polygamy never worked out for anybody as it always lead to a great deal of disfunction. However, why does it appear as God never explicitly calls out anyone on this. David was moving along just fine with several wives until he clearly got called out for his episode with Bathsheba. Why did God not seemingly have a problem when David took on his second wife? And not to mention all the concubines.
So those questions about the past lead me to questions about today. Why is it that David and other such heroes in Bible are esteemed so highly, yet if those same people lived in today’s times they would lack serious credibility? In other words, if a prominent pastor were exposed to have several wives, how would he be viewed? Would he be considered to be a fraud or would he still be considered a great role model and someone to follow by example as a leader in the Christian faith.