Question of the day: inter-racial marriage.

The question of the day this week is about an issue that I have flip-flopped on all my life. Personally, I really don’t have a solid standing on this issue – mainly because I have my own feelings on it, but don’t think they are necessarily right or wrong.

There are actually 3 different questions this time, but they all work together to perhaps get a more complete answer to this issue.

Here’s the question(s)…

1. Is inter-racial marriage right, wrong, or something that should not even be an issue?

2. Did God intend for Caucasian people to marry other Caucasians, Spanish people to marry other Spanish people, African people to marry other African people, etc… each to his “own kind?” or do you believe God does not necessarily have an opinion on this matter?

3. What are the advantages or disadvantages of inter-racial marriage?

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you have any Scripture to back your opinion? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.


Posted on December 6, 2010, in Question of the Day and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. God made humans as one “kind”. Biblically and scientifically, humans are all one race, one blood. The idea of dividing humans into different kinds based on geographical ancestry and skin color is the foundation of racism and has been thoroughly debunked.

    Inter-cultural marriage has been criticized by some, I think as a way of critiquing interracial marriage or defending those who critique it. I’ve heard/read the idea that marrying outside one’s race or culture can cause you and your kids to not “fit in” to a culture. If you’re concerned about fitting in, perhaps that is a legitimate concern for yourself; certainly there are examples of this causing problems with outside acceptance, but I can point to a number of examples of families of mixed race and/or mixed culture that do just fine. A similar situation would be marriage between individuals of mixed economic status, say a poor man and a rich woman.

  2. From a Biblical standpoint I do not know of a legitimate argument against interracial marriage. However, from a practical standpoint there are several problmes that can take place. Differences in family customs, experiences and the such like may cause issues in marriages. Also, children of a interracial union may face more prejudice than others.

    • You can have those problems in any marriage though. I think that would be an un-equaling of yokes so to speak. Maybe a difference in national cultures say. Like an American and an Canadian, Christmas verses Boxing Day what do they celebrate or do they celebrate both.

  3. 1. Its not an issue biblically. Now I realize the jews weren’t suppose to marry outside the Jewish people, but that was a religious purpose not ethnicity. An example of this is Ruth. Jews could marry other ethnicities if the converted to Judaism. This OT law is a picture of the NT law of not being unequally yoked to unbelievers. Think about it, moses married an etheopian, Boaz married a moabite, and Salmon married Rahab (the gentile harlot, the mother of Boaz)… so for a Christian to think “interracial” marriage is wrong is unchristian.

  4. The answer to your question is not can people of other races inter-marry, but did the New Testament Dispensation ( Age of Grace) remove the Curse of black people from the scriptures.
    In Genesis 9:21-27, And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
    Noah got drunk and was asleep in his tent. His son Ham came in and preform sodomy on Noah. Hence Noah knew what his son did to him ( v:24 ). In verse 25 Noah curses Canaan ( Ham ) and makes him a servant to his brothers ( this was the bases for Black slavery years ago ). In Psalms 78:51 we read ” And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham “. So Ham was from Africa That’s where Egypt is, hence he was the father of the African Race.
    This is all fine but, the real question is this:
    When Christ died on the cross and did away with the law, did the curse of Canaan also become removed?
    Canaan is only mentioned one time in the New Testament, Matthew 15:22, and it says nothing of the removal of the curse. If we say GOD does not want us to follow any of the old testament then we have to consider what Paul said in Romans 6:1,2 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? ” Or another words do we still obey the 10 Commandments because the law is no longer holding to us, or do we do what’s right because we know it to be right?
    My personal opinion ( and that is all it is ), is this; People can inter marry if it is GOD’s will, and not because it is the ” IN ” thing to do. If they are both saved, and in love and equally yoked, then it is fine. If it is not of GOD’s will, then don’t do it. I believe too many people are in interracial relationships that are not of GOD’s choosing, that is why they have so much trouble. But, I also believe that about same race relationships and December- May ( Older person/ Younger Person ) relationships.
    If it is GOD’s will, you will be missing out of something Blessed and Wonderful by not being with the one GOD has chosen for you.

  5. Galatians 3:28

    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.

    Colossians 3:11

    Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

    I think those verses I cited provide and explain my answer well enough.

  6. To answer both 1 and 2, Numbers Chapter 12 has an account where Moses married someone who was probably black, a Cushite woman. Cush was Ethiopia. Miriam and Aaron complained and chattered between themselves how this was wrong. But God had a tough talk with them and explained that Moses was the most humble man on earth and should be respected.

    So how you make your choice, humbly and prayerfully, makes the difference in who you marry not necessarily the color of your skin.

    Then 3 our society still may look down on it in some areas. That can cause stress on a marriage as in Numbers 12. But a couple of the sweetest marriages I’ve seen were interracial.

  7. I think you’ve all covered this question well. However, Lendell, may I point out that so far as I know only one church – the Mormons – ever believed that blacks were cursed. The Bible account (any translation I’ve seen of the story of Noah and his sons) just does NOT say that. The Mormon church’s founder, Joseph Smith, did, but it’s NOT Biblical – at all.

    As far as I know, the way we treat ANY race – including blacks – is the way we treat Jesus. Period.

    But that does not say that we should marry just anyone of ANY race – indluding white. DON’t find your husband or wife in a bar. See what personal qualities, beliefs, and habits they have. See how they live their faith. Then decide.

  8. i am really impressed by the comments given here.i readily support interracial marriages and wish to try it in future.

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