My Thoughts on the Church and Interracial Marriage

The other day I was scrolling through Facebook and saw this status posted by one of my friends:

A church banned inter-racial couples……hmmm, and we wonder why so many non-christians look at ‘christians’ the way they do….so sad.

I wanted to see what all this was about for myself so I googled it and found that in fact a church in Kentucky did ban interracial couples from being a part of their church. I would recommend you read that article entitled “Small Kentucky Church Bans Interracial Couples” so you know where I’m coming from in this post (just click the article title and it will take you to it). Also, click here to read another article on this same situation. After reading the article and thinking about the whole issue I want to share my thoughts on it.

No where in the Bible does God say interracial marriage is wrong. The people who are against interracial marriage will go to several passages in the Old Testament where God tells people not to marry others in different countries or people groups. It is a huge leap to go from these verses and then say interracial marriage is wrong. Nowhere in the New Testament does God say couples cannot marriage other races. I’m not saying the Old Testament is not profitable for us today. I believe the whole Bible (Old and New Testament) are profitable and God’s inspired Word for us today. What I am saying is that there are things in the Old Testament that does not apply to us in this dispensation. It is dangerous when the church starts to set standards and rules in place that are found nowhere in Scripture. Some other popular issues that people stand against and say are “sin” when it’s not taught that way in Scripture is dancing, drinking, Bible translation, and styles of worship. Don’t make things wrong or a sin if the Bible doesn’t.

The Gospel is seen in interracial marriage. God loves diversity! We serve a God who loves diversity because it shows how marvelous and awesome He is! I believe an interracial couple shows the Gospel very well. In God’s eyes there are no races, just humans that He loves and desires to have a relationship with through His Son Jesus. I believe God sees humans in only two groups: His children and His enemies. The Bible is clear that a unsaved person is an enemy of God (Romans 5:10), but once they accept the free gift of salvation they become a child of God (John 1:12). In Christ there are no racial, ethnic, or social distinctions, the ground is level at the foot of the cross. In Galatians 3:28 Paul says it this way:

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 (ESV)

In Christ we are all the same! So why can’t a white Christian man marry a black Christian women? It’s unbiblical and stupid to say they cannot! The Bible doesn’t say it’s wrong! The only kind of marriage God makes clear through the Scripture we should not support is marriage between a believer and a non-believer (2 Corinthians 6:14).

I have been blessed to be around many Christians who are interracial couples and when I look at the love between them I see the Gospel. It’s encouraging and I wish more Christians we see that interracial marriage is not unbiblical and because our God is a diverse God it shows His unmatchless love and the wonder of the Gospel!

Here is a quick video that is worth watching on this subject. In this video John Piper explains why pastors should bless interracial marriages. If your not a pastor, still watch this and learn why you should bless interracial marriages as well.

Recommended things on this subject: John Piper’s book Bloodlines, “Racial Harmony and Interracial Marriage” sermon by John Piper, and “Can’t Afford to be Color Blind” video with John Piper.

Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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