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19-Oct-2016 09:31 by 3 Comments

Harmony christian dating

He redeems them and refines them and enriches them in the togetherness of his kingdom.The final image of heaven is “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 7:9; 5:9).

The Bible forbids intermarriage between believer and unbeliever but not between members of different ethnic groups.

The prohibition in God’s word is not against interracial marriage, but against marriage between the true Israel, the church (from every people, tribe, and nation) and those who are not part of the true Israel, the church.

That is, the Bible prohibits marriage between those who believe in Christ (the Messiah) and those who don’t (see 2 Corinthians ).

This is extremely controversial since it is opposed by people from all sides. Laws reflect deep convictions, and convictions don’t usually change when laws do. As a race, however, they are unique and different and have their own culture. To these opposing views I would add my own experience.

Interracial marriage was against the law in 16 states in 1967 when the Supreme Court Decision struck down those laws. The first website that came up on my Google search for Martin Luther King and interracial marriage was the website of the Ku Klux Klan which still has this anachronistic quote today: “Interracial marriage is a violation of God’s Law and a communist ploy to weaken America.” Many African Americans believe interracial marriage erodes the solidarity of the African American community. I was a southern teenage racist (by almost any definition), and, since I am a sinner still, I do not doubt that elements of it remain in me, to my dismay.

And there are circumstances which together with biblical principles make interracial marriage in many cases a positive good. One quick walk through the pictorial directory that came out last year gives me a rough count of 203 non-Anglos pictured in the book. And I am sure the definition of Anglo is so vague someone will be bothered that I even tried to count.

But the point is this: Dozens and dozens of them are children and teenagers and single young men and women.

My attitudes and actions were demeaning and disrespectful toward non-whites.

And right at the heart of those attitudes was opposition to interracial marriage.

Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,free; but Christ is all, and in all.” This does not mean that every minority culture gets swallowed up by the majority culture in the name of unity.

God does not obliterate all ethnic and cultural differences in Christ.

God values the differences that reflect more fully his glory in man.

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