Is interracial marriage wrong?

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The only Biblical restriction placed on whom a Christian may marry is whether the other person is a member of the body of Christ. Faith in Christ, not skin color, is the biblical standard for choosing a spouse. A Christian should have no favoritism based on race (James 2:1-10).

The Old Testament Law commanded the Israelites not to have interracial marriage (Deuteronomy 7:3-4). The reason for this was not racial but religious. God did not want His children to unite with the idolaters and worshipers of false gods. Yet, King Solomon disregarded God’s command, marrying many women from the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites. First Kings records that he “clung to these in love.” His pagan wives influenced him to worship idols. Consequently, the Lord split the ten tribes from the rule of Solomon’s descendants, dividing the nation of Israel (1st Kings 11:1-13, 1st Kings 12:1-24).

In the New Testament, we have the same instruction “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). When choosing a mate, a Christian should always search for a born again believer in Jesus Christ (John 3:3-5).

The only reason interracial marriage should be considered carefully is the difficulties the couple may experience because of how others may react to them. Many interracial couples experience discrimination. In each situation, these outside interferences have to be carefully examined and evaluated before the couple decide to marry.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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