Marriage - Interracial


21/09/2006
I am a believer and my husband is a nonbeliever. Our daughter is in an interracial relationship, and my husband is ready to disown her. I’m on the opposite end. How do you handle this situation?

I think what you’ll find is the real issue is not as much with your daughter as it is with your husband. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. The old things are passed away; all things are new.” What God was saying here is if any man is in Christ, he is a new race of persons. In other words, to God there are only two races now: the race of the believer and the race of the unbeliever. If God is going to forbid anything, it’s believers marrying unbelievers. You should discourage your daughter from marrying somebody who does not believe in Jesus Christ but not somebody who is a different race.

Marriage - Interracial


21/09/2006
Does God have any problem with interracial marriage?

Listen closely to my answer because my answer is going to be “no” but we have to define what interracial means.

In other words, there are only two races in the world and that is the race of believers and the race of unbelievers. The Bible says that a believer should not be married to an unbeliever and so, in that sense, that is why I said no. I want to shock people with that answer. God is against people being married to someone who is not equally yoked to them. He is not against people that are different colors different races different ethnic groups absolutely not a problem.

As far as God is concerned, He said that He has broken down the wall that is separating races and separating colors and separating cultures. That is in Ephesians chapter 2. But God warns us not to be married to someone who is not a believer. Obviously, that is the first order of business. And you have to make sure that you are compatible with that person emotionally and spiritually. And then it really is irrelevant what color you are.

In the Bible, clearly, God was not against it. I mean, Moses was married to a woman who was considered Black. Moses was considered Jewish or white, and he was married to a woman who was considered Black. So God was not against that. Now, Miriam did not like it, but that did not matter. God did not mind it at all.

Does God believe in interracial marriage? No. He does not, but He does not consider Black and White or Hispanic or Puerto Rican. He does not consider those to be interracial. He considers the two races in this world to be the race of those that believe and the race of those do not believe. So in that sense, no, it is not appropriate for interracial marriage.

But in the truest sense of what people really mean when they ask the question; is it okay for people of different colors to be married? Of course. That is how we all got to the color we are at. Someone somewhere was of a different race. People that think is it okay for White to marry Black, that is like saying is it okay for Italian to marry French. How different is that? It is the same question really. But we do not ever think that an Italian person marrying a French person is wrong. But we think that a Black person marrying a White person is wrong. Well, that is just a stigma that society has because it is just foolishness; it has nothing to do with God being against it.