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Does the Bible Forbid Interracial Marriage?

Here is an except from a sermon John Piper preached January 16, 2005 titled Racial Harmony and Interracial Marriage.

Opposition to interracial marriage is one of the deepest roots of racial distance, disrespect, and hostility. Show me one place in the world where interracial or interethnic marriage is frowned upon and yet the two groups still have equal respect and honor and opportunity. I don’t think it exists. It won’t happen. Why? Because the supposed specter of interracial marriage demands that barrier after barrier must be put up to keep young people from knowing each other and falling in love. They can’t fellowship in church youth groups. They can’t go to the same schools. They can’t belong to the same clubs. They can live in the same neighborhoods. Everybody knows deep down what is at stake here. Intermarriage is at stake.

And as long as we disapprove of it, we will be pushing our children, and therefore ourselves, away from each other. The effect of that is not harmony, not respect, and not equality of opportunity. Where racial intermarriage is disapproved, the culture with money and power will always dominate and always oppress. They will see to it that those who will not make desirable spouses stay in their place and do not have access to what they have access to. If your kids don’t make desirable spouses, you don’t make desirable neighbors.

And here is a great and sad irony. The very situation of separation and suspicion and distrust and dislike that is brought about (among other things) by the fear of intermarriage, is used to justify the opposition to intermarriage. “It will make life hard for the couple and hard for the kids (they’ll be called half-breeds).” Catch 22. It’s like the army being defeated because there aren’t enough troops, and the troops won’t sign up because the army’s being defeated. Oppose interracial marriage, and you will help create a situation of racial disrespect. And then, since there is a situation of disrespect, it will be prudent to oppose interracial marriage.

Here is where Christ makes the difference. Christ does not call us to a prudent life, but to a God-centered, Christ-exalting, justice-advancing, counter-cultural, risk-taking life of love and courage. Will it be harder to be married to another race, and will it be harder for the kids? Maybe. Maybe not. But since when is that the way a Christian thinks? Life is hard. And the more you love the harder it gets.

It’s hard to take a child to the mission field. The risks are huge. It’s hard to take a child and move into a mixed neighborhood where he may be teased or ridiculed. It’s hard to help a child be a Christian in a secular world where his beliefs are mocked. It’s hard to bring children up with standards: “you will not dress like that, and you will not be out that late.” It’s hard to raise children when dad or mom dies or divorces. And that’s a real risk in any marriage. Whoever said that marrying and having children was to be trouble free? It’s one of the hardest things in the world. It just happens to be right and rewarding.

Christians are people who move toward need and truth and justice, not toward comfort and security. Life is hard. But God is good. And Christ is strong to help.

Piper concludes that the Bible does not forbid interracial marriage and argues that it can be for the social good in many cases.

His four points are:

1. All races have one ancestor in the Image of God, and all humans are in God’s Image

2. The Bible forbids intermarriage between unbeliever and believer, but not between races

3.In Christ our oneness is profound and transforms racial and social differences from barriers to blessings.

4. Criticizing one interracial marriage was severely disciplined by God.

 

 

 
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Tim Keller on suffering and evil, pt 4

 
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Tim Keller on suffering and evil, pt 3

 
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Tim Keller on Evil and Suffering, pt 2

 
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Tim Keller on Evil and Suffering, pt 1

 
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Simple and Powerful Words Concerning Abortion

 
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Good Baptist Press Editorial

Check out this well written editorial by Calvin Wittman at Baptist Press. Wittman explains why many younger southern baptists are leaving older established churches often for church plants and younger churches. Here is a snippet

Many younger Christians these days are more interested in getting back an authentic New Testament type of Christianity. Eschewing the “traditional” church and the mediocre type of Christianity they believe it represents, they are seeking to model their churches after what they envision the first Church was like. Contrary to popular thought, they have no problems with hymns; they often sing them with updated arrangements. They want their worship to come from the heart. They have no problem with stained glass or pews. In fact, they find value in liturgy and things like lent. Go figure!

They practice church discipline and restoration, something most of them have never seen in their daddy’s church. They hold one another accountable, go through intensive doctrinal training before they can become members of the church and are serious about “community,” which to them is more than a Sunday School class which has a pot luck every so often. In fact, my 27-year-old son, working on his Ph.D. in theology, wanted his community group to meet his girlfriend before they got engaged. His church community group is that important to him.

In short, by choosing a new way to express their faith, they are rejecting a Christianity which they believe to be compromised by our culture. They want a faith that runs contrary to culture, not one which accommodates it.

 
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