Interracial dating in the bible
Mildred Jeter (who was black and Native American) and Richard Loving (who was white) were married in 1958 in Washington, D. When they returned to their hometown of Richmond, Virginia, they were arrested.They pled guilty to “cohabiting as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth.” To avoid jail, they moved back to Washington.They wrote to Attorney General Robert Kennedy to start a legal action against their conviction.He referred the case to the American Civil Liberties Union.The original judge, Leon Bazile, who had handed down the conviction, refused to reconsider his earlier decision.He argued, Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, Malay, and red, and placed them on separate continents, and but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages.The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend the races to mix.
That is a startling and controversial claim in the face of diverse opposition to interracial marriage in our own day.
(The following quotes appear in Against all of these objections, I believe it is as important as it ever has been that Christians settle it in their minds that interracial marriage in Christ is not only a beautiful picture of Christ’s marriage to his church, but also a flesh-and-blood incarnation of the unity Christ achieved by his death and resurrection.
Moreover, I agree with Daniel Hays that “the common cultural ban on intermarriage lies at the heart of the racial division in the church” (, 23).
I would go further and say that opposition to interracial marriage is one of the deepest roots of racial distance, disrespect, and hostility in the world.
Show me one place in the world where interracial or interethnic marriage is frowned upon, and yet the groups still have equal respect and honor and opportunity. Add to this that, since the recent presidential election, the ugly forces of hateful and angry white supremacy have felt empowered to show their colors in America more openly than for the last forty years.