In the last couple of weeks I have encountered two different Christian arguments against interracial marriage that have left me feeling extremely unsettled. It may have been a coincidence that these two encounters happened within such a short period of time, but as a Christian with a voice I cannot stand by and say nothing. That said, in the event that you ever come across one of these bunk arguments yourself, here is a brief look at what the Bible REALLY says about this issue.
Here's the short answer: nothing in the New Testament prohibits interracial marriage. Christians are at liberty to marry whomever they wish--as long as the other person is also a Christian 1 Corinthians The Old Testament contained some restrictions on whom the Israelites could marry.
Surprisingly, perhaps, this can include concerns about the idea of marriage between two believers from different so-called races. But these concerns have no basis in either science or the Bible. Evolutionary thinking has, historically, exacerbated racism dramatically.
The same-sex marriage bans of four states will be considered next week by the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. This is not the first time that religion has been invoked to justify marriage discrimination. Similar resorts to religion fueled legal opposition to interracial marriage — in some cases until quite recently.
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.
What if a Chinese person were to marry a Polynesian, or an African with black skin were to marry a Japanese, or a person from India were to marry a person from America with white skin—would these marriages be in accord with biblical principles? But does the Word of God really condemn such mixes as those above? The Australian Aborigines, for instance, were considered the missing links between the ape-like ancestor and the rest of mankind.
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?
Some people insist that the Bible meant for the races to remain pure, therefore prohibiting any kind of interracial marriage. Usually two biblical texts are drawn upon to support that view. One is the fact that Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. As you recall, Shem received a patriarchal blessing, and an enlargement of that was given to Japheth.
Once again, what gets conservative Christians all worked up turns out to be quite wrong and just plain bizarre. In the case of the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church in Kentuckyand its banning of interracial couples from membership and from participating in certain worship activities, it's a return to old, visceral prejudices and insular thinking. Standing on the side-lines, the rest of us believe it's all wrong-headed.