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This causes him lots of heartache because he has the desire to marry me.” This question goes very deep with me, because my opposition to interracial marriage was the foundation — at least, the conscious foundation — of my opposition to integration, my opposition to lots of good things and my support for segregation as a teenager in South Carolina when I was growing up.And I think it was the origin of most of my deplorable attitudes towards other races in those days.1) All races have one ancestor, Adam, created in the image of God, and all humans following from him are in God’s image such that there is essentially one Godlike human race.“So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis ).
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.
” 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.
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.The Scripture teaches it is wrong to marry across races.