Q: Shalom, my question is regarding marriage. Do you believe God accepts interracial marriages?
A: YES! However, it’s difficult for many people to understand how this fixes into the plan of God when there are scriptures commanding Israel to marry only other Israelites.
One day Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob, just as Jacob’s sons were coming in from the fields. When they heard about it, they were shocked and furious that Shechem had done such a thing and had insulted the people of Israel by raping Jacob’s daughter. Hamor said to him, “My son Shechem has fallen in love with your daughter; please let him marry her. Let us make an agreement that there will be intermarriage between our people and yours. Then you may stay here in our country with us; you may live anywhere you wish and trade freely, and own property.” Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Do me this favor, and I will give you whatever you want. Tell me what presents you want, and set the payment for the bride as high as you wish; I will give you whatever you ask, if you will only let me marry her.” Because Shechem had disgraced their sister Dinah, Jacob’s sons answered Shechem and his father Hamor in a deceitful way. They said to him, “We cannot let our sister marry a man who is not circumcised; that would be a disgrace for us. (Gen 34:6-14)
We can agree only on the condition that you become like us by circumcising all your males. Then we will agree to intermarriage. We will settle among you and become one people with you. But if you will not accept our terms and be circumcised, we will take her and leave.” These terms seemed fair to Hamor and his son Shechem, and the young man lost no time in doing what was suggested, because he was in love with Jacob’s daughter. He was the most important member of his family. Hamor and his son Shechem went to the meeting place at the city gate and spoke to the people of the town: “These men are friendly; let them live in the land with us and travel freely. The land is large enough for them also. Let us marry their daughters and give them ours in marriage. But these men will agree to live among us and be one people with us only on the condition that we circumcise all our males, as they are circumcised. Won’t all their livestock and everything else they own be ours? So let us agree that they can live among us.” All the citizens of the city agreed with what Hamor and Shechem proposed, and all the males were circumcised. (Gen 34:15-24)
“Jacob’s sons answered Shechem and his father Hamor in a deceitful way. They said to him, “We cannot let our sister marry a man who is not circumcised; that would be a disgrace for us”.
Although the sons of Jacob were misleading, there’s great merit to their answering statement “We cannot let our sister marry a man who is not circumcised; that would be a disgrace for us”. Notice how Jacob’s sons didn’t say “We can’t allow our sister to marry a black man or white man”; they never dealt with the color of a person skin. They determine that whomever their sister married the man had to be circumcised. Why circumcision? Simple, circumcision (not the race) was given to the Abraham as a token of the faith and relationship he had with the one true God.
This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant. (Gen 17:10-14)
Circumcision was given to Abraham by God to identify the faith and obedience he held to the one true God. In short, circumcision identified who actually were the people of God. Abraham’s children weren’t automaticity considered to be the people of God based on skin tone. Instead, Abraham’s children were considered to be the people of God entirely on faith and obedience to the one true God, remember, “The uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant. ALL males had to be circumcised, children, kinsmen, slaves, slave children, and strangers as a token of the covenant between them and God”
It is important to understand “No circumcision (that is to say, no faith and obedience) no covenant and anyone outside the covenant can not marry within the family of God. However, once a male or female agreed to serve the one true God there is nothing immoral with them marrying within the family of faith regardless of race. This is certainly the case with Moses and the Ethiopian women, and Boas and Ruth. These women converted to the faith and belief in the one true God and were allowed to marry although they weren’t naturally born Jews. We must also consider the testimony Rahab the harlot and how she became apart of the people of God because of her faith and obedience to the one true God.
Thus God never intended for marriage to base on the color of skin, for it is apparent that some could select a mate exclusively on race but suffer many things because their partner was not in a covenant with God. Therefore to answer to the question would be, it would be a disgrace and a violation of the Devine plan of God for a believer to marry an unbeliever. In plain terminology, Christians aren’t allowed to marry “none” Christians. When it comes to marriage, race may be a personal factor for some, but that’s all it adds up to be “Personal”.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2Co 6:14)