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Interracial Marriages. Is It Wrong?
Interracial marriage occurs when a man and woman of differing racial and ethnic groups join together in holy matrimony. This is a form of exogamy (marrying outside of one's racial identity). In the Western world certain jurisdictions have had regulations banning or restricting interracial marriage in the past, including Germany during the Nazi reign, South Africa under apartheid, and many states in the United States prior to a 1967 Supreme Court decision over-turning the ban on interracial marriages. The United States has many ethnic and racial groups and interracial marriage is fairly common among most of them.
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The Bible does not prohibit racially mixed marriages. It does however, prohibit religiously mixed marriages (2 Cor. 6:14,15).
When the whole question is answered categorically from the scripture... we find no SCRIPTURE which condemns inter-racial marriage. Thus, it is not a sin to marry when the difference is simply one of race, or height, or income, or nationality, unless it is a mixed marriage in the sense of RELIGION.
However, disregarding race in marriage, would be unwise. It does have consequences. It MIGHT create continuous difficulties. While inter-racial marriage is biblically acceptable where there is religious unity; it is wise to be prepared for stereo-type insinuations that may strain one's effectiveness in serving the Lord. Marriage is a glorious experience when in the will of God; even when racially mixed. When marriage is one's option: they must ask... Will this marriage glorify God? If yes... Then Marry!
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger