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. One of the arguments against interracial marriage is based upon verses such as Deut. That is what some errant interpreters would have you think, but that is not the reason.
The Bible on Interracial Marriage
The Bible on Interracial Marriage - Sharon Hodde Miller
Nowhere in the Bible does God prohibit interracial relationships. Anyone who says differently is not doing so with any sort of biblical authority. Some would like to use the Old Testament Law of God's command for the Israelites not to marry interracially as evidence that interracial dating or marriage is forbidden Deuteronomy But if we look at the context of this command, we find that skin color or ethnicity actually had nothing whatsoever to do with what God was saying. At the time, only Israelites followed the One True God, and all other races around them were worshippers of idols, pagans, or heathens. Since God knew the Israelites would be led astray from their faith if they intermarried with men and women who followed other religions, He set this command to protect them from the temptation of idolatry. As we find out later, in Judges , this is exactly what happened to the Israelites!
What does the Bible say about interracial marriage?
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. Racist attitudes fueled by evolutionary thinking were largely responsible for an African pygmy being displayed, along with an orangutan, in a cage in the Bronx zoo. This has resulted in many people today, consciously or unconsciously, having ingrained prejudices against certain other groups of people.
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