Inter-racial Marriage in the Church

Equally Yoked/Spiritually Yoked
Equally Yoked/Spiritually Yoked

Racism has No Place in the Church!

“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world! Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight! Jesus loves the little children of the world!”

Racism is a form of "hate" in its worst sense, and the Word addresses this directly: "If a man says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn't love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?" (1 John 4:20).

Let me start out by saying I am categorized as a white woman (though I am Irish and Native American). I was raised in a white neighborhood and really, racism wasn’t a part of my upbringing.

I’ll tell you a little story. When I grew up and married an Air Force (white) guy, I used to sing in the A.F. base talent shows. I was a consistent winner and applauded others who were incredibly talented. When the time came for the Tops In Blue competition, I asked a very talented gentleman named Henry (also a black man) to sing a duet with me. We got together to select a song and I met his lovely wife. She was white. She loved the Lord! Then I realized, in the back of my mind, that I’d always had the idea that inter-racial marriage was wrong when it came to Christianity.

I didn’t know the Word and asked my pastor about it. He simply said, “I wouldn’t recommend it in the south”. I told him I needed to know what the Bible said about it. We should never worry about persecution by man! Isn’t that the message of Jesus Christ?!

So, I asked Henry’s wife. She told me that Moses married a woman from Ethiopia (Numbers 12). Moses’ brother Aaron and sister Miriam spoke against her and were struck with leprosy by God! King Solomon married the love of his life, a Shulamite woman who was black! (The Song of Solomon 1). Therefore, we know Jesus Christ our Messiah was born of the lineage of David, King Solomon’s father. Yes, there are indeed black people in the line of Christ! Even Jesus wasn’t categorized “white”, or European. He was Jewish! Henry and I won first place in that talent show! Whoo Hoo!

People, the Bible not only states that Eve is the mother of all of us (every single race), it is scientifically proven that all humanity came from one chromosome, that of Eve. According to genetics (DNA) originally, cells contained only the X (female) chromosome.

Well, eventually, I became the choir director at the Air Force Base Chapel. I noticed when the “white” service got out the “black” service came in. This really bothered me. Why is it that Christians of the same faith are segregating themselves? Through communication with the chaplains and in combining of the two choirs, we saw the two services intermingling in the Lord. When the base was closing and few people were left, the different services also came together into one service. It was so good to see no more division of race or religious tradition, but unity in the Lord!

The point is, people mistakenly interpret, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Cor. 6:14, KJV). Do you see “race” mentioned here anywhere? If you think “light” means “white” and “darkness” means “black”…just kidding! God isn’t concerned with people worshiping with or marrying people of a different race, but is concerned we do so with those of the same faith!

The church has no place for racism of any sort! What if Jesus only allowed olive-complected people into heaven?! He was born a Jew! My first husband and I divorced after 12 years of marriage. My second husband? A black man. I have a beautiful inter-racial daughter and I’m so proud of her. We love Jesus with all our hearts, and I will always know that we stand as a witness of this truth of race united in faith.

Galatians 3:28 states, "There is neither Jew nor Greek (racism), there is neither slave nor free man (slavery/master), there is neither male nor female (sexism); for you are all one in Christ Jesus." And all God's children of the world say, "AMEN!"

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coffeesnob 7 years ago

Good hub. We often think our culture is moving past the problems of racial tension and indeed we have moved forward a lot, but I know there is still a lot of predjudice and bigotry. My kids and grandkids all know the importance of recognizing people as created by God. In Him we there is no disticntion. Our family is a beautiful blend of white, black, Filipino and American Indian - well and a lot more.

God's best!


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Praise the Lord, coffeesnob. The world is full of beautiful people and the love in Christ that binds us is even more beautiful! Luv U, sister!


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no body 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

You know and have met -kinda- my wife who is a black woman. We have faced racism many times in our lives together but it seems to have gotten worse lately and I don't know why. I think that race relations in this country is worsening slightly again. I have seen so many good changes in the last 30 or so years. But lately I am disturbed to see the term racist and racism in the news every night. People seeing racism behind every rock and behind every building. I know folks at my job think I am racist simply because I am a conservative Christian. They think because I disagree with policies of this administration that I must be a bigot. I hear them whisper among themselves after I walk by. I see them turn from me as I approach. It is hurtful in a way, but I know the reason and I cling to what is right and wait for them to see the light.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Yes, brother no body, the "race" card seems to be flying back and forth lately, when it comes to the political arena. This is a monumental achievement in America that we now have a black/white president. It's interesting that he is called a "black" president, because of the color of his skin, when in fact, he is both!! Talk about uniting the races of black and white! I guess God didn't make such a thing as "gray", as when we blend black and white paint, did He? Obama is our President. Majority America elected him and while the presidential "race" is never to be about race, it's too bad when the "minority" (as in numbers) play the race card.

It only takes a handful of individuals to rant and rave so loudly that the deceptive cloud arises to cause the overall perception that America is reverting backwards. But, in truth, I believe the majority of Americans are not racist and will stand for what is right. We've come too far to go backwards. God bless America and all the children of the world!! Amen :-)


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no body 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

The old saying that a drop of black blood makes the whole person black is held to by the world. If a person has an African look he is black. It does not matter to the world that he is half anything. They expect him to act, think, speak, make decisions and give everything to them and for them. If he doesn't he is a turncoat, Uncle Tom or whatever. He seems to be playing into their hand. Or he really feels like his white side doesn't matter. I don't know. We have our job to do sis. I love you.


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afro's mistake 6 years ago from dorothys kansas

wow carry you have done extremely well regarding this hub.

im actually an aspiring biologist(though of course ill be writing too) and i really liked when you mentioned the dna aspect of adam and eve. in fact

“Y-Chromosomal Adam” and “Mitochondrial Eve” are the scientifically-proven theories that every man alive today is descended from a single man and every man and woman alive today is descended from a single woman.

men have y chromosomes and women have y and x chromosomes(obviously to distinguish women from men) and its interesting because men alone actually can only create more boys(thats all their y chromosome allows) where as women have the capability to create girls and boys(y and x chrome.) which would explain adam is man, and eve is mother of all..


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Outstanding, little brother in Christ. Know that not everyone in Christ has a problem with racism. The supposedly "superior" ones retain ignorance when it comes to racism, and that says it all. God's wisdom is not man's wisdom and as for us, we will walk in God's wisdom. Love you and have a blessed day!


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afro's mistake 6 years ago from dorothys kansas

so true.LOL im really glad you gave me a chance to sound so smart. in this hub alone you hit right on some of my very subjects, DNA and racism.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

We are brother and sister, after all! :-)


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r-o-y 6 years ago

Excellent Hub Judah’s daughter, I see you really get the point of what I was trying to get across, of my early life experience. But let me make it clear, I never considered hatred to be the answer. In fact I was called an Uncle Tom on more than one occasion for not hating. One person asked, after all they have to us, how could not hate them? I didn’t know it just didn’t seem to be the answer to the problem.

Thanks for this wonderful hub. God Bless!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Brother r-o-y, When a person has suffered hate, he learns compassion for the hated. While some hate because they were hated, what sense does that make? To change the world, to abolish hatred, we must LOVE as God loves. When Christ is in you, you cannot hate based on retaliation (though we hate hate that is evil and not righteous), for 'Vengeance is Mine; I will repay," saith the LORD. How do people learn to hate? By suffering hatred. How do people learn to love? By experiencing it in its purest form ~ through Christ through us. Amen.

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