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Are Inter-racial relationships right or wrong?

Of course, the main criterion for marriage is that both spouses know Jesus personally as their Lord and Savior. Once this takes place, Gal. 3:28 kicks in, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus,” so racial difference is not a biblical issue. However, first let me say that after the smoke clears from the honeymoon a couple settles into such common, daily issues as: who gets to shower first, what’s our plan for the wet towels and dirty underwear, when both spouses are employed there’s no such thing as women’s work, there’s just work and both should pitch in at home, etc. It’s little mole hills like these that can burgeon into mountains which cause struggles or even divorces. It takes work to make a marriage work. Both mates must work at it. My pastor taught me that commitment is time and effort and I think He’s onto something. Without time spent and effort expended there is no commitment. It’s giving mere intellectual assent to a concept.So what has all of this to do with interracial marriage? I see nothing inScripture that prohibits this practice. Hey, a case could be made that Anabel and I have an interracial marriage because I’m 1/8 Cherokee. However, our cultural backgrounds are very similar so we didn’t have that hill to climb. I believe most would agree that many interracial marriages begin married life with one big strike against them, depending on the magnitude of the racial, cultural differences. So, all other things being equal I think folks are safer by dating folks who are more similar in culture or racial backgrounds. Marriage can be tough enough to work out even in the rosiest of situations.

I love you, Bill

P.S. A word to the wise…. If you are already in an interracial marriage, using my opinion to justify abandoning your spouse is not of God. Jesus specializes in turning sows’ ears into silk purses. Look over ourĀ marriage materials in our Web site store and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you order His choice for you.