Dating different races 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.South Carolina did not amend its state constitution on the issue for thirty years (1998), and Alabama took until 2000. But far more important than the legalization of interracial marriage in one nation is the fact that God’s revealed will for the world is not undermined but advanced when a man and a woman from different ethnicities marry in Christ.

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“Red birds mate with red birds, blue birds mate with blue birds. So, it’s against nature for different races to mate.” Flowing from all these arguments against interracial marriage is an inevitable pressure on all social structures to keep ethnic groups separate, especially among young people who might fall in love, if they hang out together.

So, that includes neighborhoods and schools especially.

God seems to delight not just in three or five, but in thousands of variations of human beings.

In fact, many today would argue that the concept of race is unhelpful altogether because there are no clear lines that can be drawn, and the ones that are drawn are not genetically or morally significant.

Just one example: After the flood, Noah’s three sons became the fathers of the human race.

But look what happens to these racial fountainheads.

Just two weeks ago, I spoke with a friend whose Korean parents have lived as American citizens in the same neighborhood in California for decades, only to find their house, soon after the election, for the first time ever, spray-painted with racial slurs telling them to get out.

I remember from the time I was a teenager growing up in South Carolina how the arguments from “nature” were used, and carried the day for most of us in our blindness to the fullness of biblical truth.

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.

God “made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth” (Acts ).

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