Ebony and Ivory

There are many passages in the Bible that have been used by Christians to condemn interracial marriages. However most Christian and Jewish theologians interpret these same verses as referring to inter-faith marriages. Other passages refer to the Holiness Code of behavior that is generally believed to apply only to Jews and is unrelated to marriage.

J.D. Self, author of an Internet site “Interracial Marriage is against God’s Law” writes: “God created the different races and dispersed them because of man’s arrogance. It is clearly evident that God purposely made the different races. Does that mean that we hate each other? No. It does mean that was His plan and we show our arrogance again in the face of God when we say: ‘We know You made the different races, God, but we have decided we don’t like that and we are going to try and have all the races intermarry again to get it back the way it was because You messed it up God.’ This is ultimate arrogance to God and His plan. Pure arrogance in the face and to the plan of God.”

An alternate interpretation of the Bible concludes that God loves human variety. If the stories in Genesis are literally true, he created the human race with great diversity: two sexes, many races, three sexual orientations, a range of heights and body styles, hundreds of languages, etc. Interracial marriage often produces biracial children who are different in skin color and features from both parents. This increases human diversity even more. So, perhaps interracial marriage has a positive value to God.

Forces are bringing compatible spirits together. If the man permits himself to be led by this ineffable attraction, good fortune will come his way. When deep friendships exist, formalities and elaborate preparations are not necessary.

We use the King James Version of the Bible for a glance at some of the passages used to denounce interracial relationships:

Genesis 28:1: “And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.”

Some typically interpret this verse after assuming that the Hebrews and Canaanites were of different races. Thus inter-marriage was forbidden on racial grounds. However, there is evidence that has revealed that the Hebrews originated from the Canaanites. Most Christians believe that the marriage prohibition in Genesis was frowned upon because of a concern that the Hebrews would adopt the Pagan religious beliefs and practices of nearby tribes if they were to marry outside of their culture. Thus the prohibition was based on religious, not racial differences.

• Deuteronomy 22:9: “Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.”

The meaning of this verse is obscure in the King James Version. However, the New Living Translation describes this prohibiting the sowing another species of plant between the rows of grape bushes in a vineyard. If a farmer did this, he was forbidden to make use of either crop. If this verse is to be interpreted in terms of human mating, it would appear to refer to bestiality — sexual behavior between a human and an animal. It appears to be unrelated to interracial marriage.

Honestly, there is nothing I’ve found that clearly forbids an interracial relationship, it’s truly a matter of personal preference. No medical evidence exists that links any type of birth defects to bearing an interracial child. It’s a matter of convictions. Those convictions govern the way we live. Unfortunately, some of those convictions are deep rooted and tempered by other convictions that are not biblically-based.

We tend to seek out God and use him according to our own wants and needs. And to that, try to sway our own convictions according to a twisted word.

I’ll say this, with as many couples doing it the wrong way, I applaud anyone who can do it right way and remain happy, no matter the race. Differences in the times and personalities that are diverse among cultural lines have opened the door to some interesting scenarios. People, more and more, just want to be happy. And they’ll do most anything to find that special personality with whom to share their lives with.

I’m okay with anyone who seeks out happiness. YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE.

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