For years, research has shown us “segregated churches breed segregated lives. Part of me wants to reply, Oh, you don’t say? What an obvious conclusion. If we segregate ourselves in our most intimate scenarios like church, we likely do the same in our friendships and dating relationships. These surveys , which reveal how frequent churchgoers are less likely to date someone outside their race, weigh a little more heavily on those of us who find themselves in the minority, or even the lone person of our race, at church. A black woman attending a predominantly white church must find her security in the Lord. This, of course, is no different from anyone at any church. But I do think there is a unique struggle for a young, single, black woman.
What is the Biblical View of Interracial Dating, Including Marriage
That last word, “unbelievers” is of key importance. A Christian should not marry a non-Christian no matter how kind and good they are. What about interracial marriage?
Were this so, one would expect the Lord to have mentioned this some place in the Scriptures. Not only is there no such mention, but the Bible explicitly teaches.
All Rights Reserved. Powered by WordPress. Last week I talked about how interracial dating can go wrong by citing a certain website that is designed exclusively for those desiring only interracial relationships. I noted how this can allow people to develop unhealthy, racially-based fetishes. Since then, some have brought up the question of whether or not interracial dating is Biblical.
This argument is not only easily dismantled, but in fact, racist in and of itself. In order to properly talk about interracial relationships, we must define what race is.
Statement about Race at BJU
Absolutely not! Racist Christians used to argue against interracial marriage by quoting Old Testament passages that prohibited Jews from marrying non-Jews. This prohibition had nothing to do with race, however.
Glenn moved from being a black man to beloved son when I saw his true identity as an image bearer of God, a brother in Christ, and a fellow.
What does the Bible say about? As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not give your daughters to their sons, neither take their daughters for your sons, and never seek their peace or prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good of the land and leave it for an inheritance to your children forever.
You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly. Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra.
When Culture Becomes Theology: Interracial Marriage in the American Church
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Far more important than the legaization of interracial marriage in one interracial marriage in Christ is not only a beautiful picture of Christ’s.
S kin color has long divided people. The prejudice of racism is worldwide, even today. Thus, this question is of great importance. In America, as we continue to see the influx of people from all different cultures, who have all different colors of skin, it is imperative that we search the Scriptures so see how we should live. Some people believe that interracial marriages are prohibited in the Scriptures. Often they will argue that marriage with foreigners implying people both of different culture and color was prohibited throughout the Old Testament.
Actually, the prohibitions were not strictly against Jewish-Gentile marriages as racial mixture, but against believer-unbeliever marriages cf. Deuteronomy Solomon was judged for marrying, not simply foreign women, but foreign women who believed in false gods. In fact, in the Old Testament provisions were made for Gentiles to convert to Judaism cf. Exodus , One should also remember both Rahab and Ruth , Gentile women of faith; they were both accepted into the community of believers they are even in the genealogical line of Jesus!
What Does the Bible Say About Interracial Marriage and Interracial Dating?
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married for he had married a Cushite woman ;. And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.
You read your Bible and you’ll find out.” To be fair, Christians were divided on the question. In , the National Catholic Conference for.
There are a few incidental mentions of race in the Bible e. Moses was married to a Cushite Ethiopian woman Numbers , and God was angry with Aaron and Miriam for criticizing that marriage. The Hebrews were forbidden to marry Canaanites and other pagan peoples Exodus ; Deuteronomy The reason was because those people worshipped idols, not because of race; the Hebrews, Amorites, Canaanites, etc. Jesus and His apostles taught that we must respect and show compassion for all people of God’s creation without regard to artificial distinctions like race and nationality.
In His Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke , Jesus told of a Samaritan man who was kind to a Jewish man even thought they were enemies of different religions, nationalities and racial backgrounds.
Are Interracial Dating and Marriage All Right?
Answer: This question hits close to home as our family is interracial. As I read through Scripture, I do not find that it either supports or condemns interracial dating or marriage. Certainly, the Old Testament law did not approve of marriage for the Hebrews outside their faith, but that was due to religious and cultural problems.
One example of an interracial marriage in the Old Testament was Ruth, from Moab, who married Boaz and was accepted into the community of believers. She can even be found in the genealogical line of Jesus Matthew See Deuteronomy ; 2 Corinthians
By: Rev. Sam Harris; © Rev. Harris explores what the Scripture has to say on this often controversial topic. He writes this article from a unique perspective.
By John Piper. Source: desiringGod. Fifty years ago, on June 12, , the United States Supreme Court declared unconstitutional all state laws that prohibited interracial marriage. The case was called Loving v. When they returned to their hometown of Richmond, Virginia, they were arrested. They wrote to Attorney General Robert Kennedy to start a legal action against their conviction. He referred the case to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The original judge, Leon Bazile, who had handed down the conviction, refused to reconsider his earlier decision. He argued,. Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, Malay, and red, and placed them on separate continents, and but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend the races to mix.
Question and Answer
At Bob Jones University, Scripture is our final authority for faith and practice and it is our intent to have it govern all of our policies. It teaches that God created the human race as one race. History, reality and Scripture affirm that in that act of creation was the potential for great diversity, manifested today by the remarkable racial and cultural diversity of humanity. Scripture also teaches that this beautiful, God-caused and sustained diversity is divinely intended to incline mankind to seek the Lord and depend on Him for salvation from sin Acts —
The body of Christ has played an unfortunate role in stigmatizing interracial marriage in the United States. Interracial unions were common in the early days of.
Daniel – And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. Acts – Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father [was] a Greek: Galatians – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Deuteronomy – Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. Read More Romans – For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. Ezra – Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave [it] for an inheritance to your children for ever.
Numbers – And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.