My generation of Christians has never heard of pansexuality. Probably a lot of other people haven’t either.
I have been aware of the term for almost 20 years. It goes beyond homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender issues because it emphasizes the souls of the people involved. It is the belief that we look for a soulmate and, having found that person, we don’t worry about the “plumbing” with which that person was born.
A pansexual person might be a male who finds a male soulmate and has gay sex with him. Or the same male might find a female soulmate and have heterosexual sex with her. To a pansexual, the point is not the type of sex in which he ultimately engages. It is the soul of the person with whom he has sex.
Note: to avoid tripping myself up in too much language here, I am going to use the terms “he,” “man,” and “human race.” The understanding is that I am using those terms to represent everyone, male and female alike.
The high priestess of the pansexual movement has been, at various times, Camille Paglia. I have not read a lot of her writing but I do admire her honesty. She decided to declare herself a follower of the Greek and Roman gods because she realized that her sexual lifestyle of multiple partners matched the sexual lifestyle and the religion taught back during the Graeco-Roman empires.
She said that it would be impossible to call herself a Christian and engage in the sexual lifestyle she had. She said Christianity really only leaves the door open to a heterosexual marriage to one partner.
I agree with that statement, in so many ways. And I give her credit for acting in a way consistent with her beliefs.
As I see it, there are at least three different views of sexuality. One is internally inconsistent:
1. The one supported by the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Scriptures of heterosexual sex/marriage. The Christian and Jewish Scriptures support one man-one woman. The Muslim Scriptures support one man with several women, if he can provide for them all.
2. Pansexuality, supported by the Graeco-Roman religion with its pantheon of gods, from back in the ancient days. Pansexuality fit with the Greeks, who believed the body to be a contaminated, imperfect container for the soul. (Pansexuality does not fit as well with Judaism, which taught a very intentional creation of the body by God in Eden, then a resurrection of the body in the last days. If we live all of eternity in a glorified version of this body, then this body matters).
3. The view applied somewhat inconsistently by the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender lobby that, if there is a god, he created everyone just the way they are and is equally happy with all expressions of sexuality, as long as they are not coerced. The internal inconsistency in that view is that transgender people claim they were born in the wrong body for their gender identity. So if they believe in God, they obviously believe He is capable of making a mistake. The gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender lobby probably added the “transgender” category without thinking through the inconsistency of teaching that God created people gay/bisexual, but made a mistake with transgender people! I have yet to hear anyone even talk about that internal inconsistency, much less explain it.
So where do Christians go with this information? To be loving, informed members of our very diverse society that increasingly is going back to Graeco-Roman roots rather than Christian roots.
To challenge people to believe in and follow Jesus Christ and to consistently follow the Christian Scriptures.
After all, a loving God is behind every event there is, and nothing takes Him by surprise!!!