Interracial dating is wrong


27-Nov-2019 12:19

” So “Ethiopian” there is the same as the word “Cushite.” And you can see what the point is. Moses’s sister, Miriam, criticizes this marriage between Moses and the Cushite.And God is so displeased with Miriam and her that he strikes Miriam with leprosy, which the Bible describes as turning her hands as white as “snow” (Numbers ), as if to say: Miriam, you value light skin? At least we know from this story that God is not pleased with Miriam’s criticism of Moses’s marriage to a black woman, and there is no other criticism of it.It will not destroy any God-appointed diversity in the world.It will, in fact, feature that diversity and the power of Christ in it.But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.” So, there’s one key stipulation: only a believer, only a Christian.That was Paul’s way of expressing the Old Testament concern about intermarriage with pagan nations by the Jews. The issue was faith, religion, allegiance to the true God, Yahweh.Then the apostle Paul, rooted in that theology of creation, says astonishingly to these arrogant ethnocentric Athenians in Acts , “He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth.” And I think the point there, the implication in the context of these proud Greeks who boasted of their ethnic purity over against the barbarians, was that those barbarians out there are family. You are all part of one race, rooted in one great, great, great grandfather, and your arrogance of separation is sinful.

It will not destroy like that quote from the letter says it would.

I wasn’t just taught that it was a sin; I believed it was a sin.

So, I don’t take this struggle lightly, and I very much would love to persuade this young man that biblically his conscience should be clear in marrying a godly, Christ-exalting, otherwise compatible woman, whatever race she is. Now, I know — and I was one and I was related to hundreds — I know that among thousands of Christians there is a conviction that this kind of opposition to interracial marriage is grounded in Scripture.

He is author of more than 50 books, including John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. And this one comes from a young Asian-American woman: “Dear Pastor John, my boyfriend and I are both believers in Christ and have been dating for almost 18 months.As a race, however, they are unique and different and have their own culture. He made them uniquely different and intended that these distinctions remain.



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