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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Great Explaination Of One Of My Biggest Pet Peeves, And The Ignorance Of Others

Read the whole article here at Pulpit Magazine about Interracial Marriages. Here are a few quotes from the article I thought were great.

  • "Here’s the short answer: nothing in the New Testament prohibits interracial marriage. Christians are at liberty to marry whomever they wish—as long as the other person is also a Christian (1 Corinthians 7:39)."
  • "We should realize from the start that there is only one human race. Scripture clearly says we all descended from Adam and Eve (cf. Gen 1-2; Matthew 19:4; Romans 5:12; 1 Cor 15:22). And one important passage says that God made of one blood all nations (Acts 17:26)."
  • "Sadly, American society (even in some Christian circles) has historically looked narrowly on interracial marriages — but for cultural reasons, not biblical ones. In some places, such negative stereotypes still exist. Based on where people live, they or their children may face prejudice and even persecution from others. Such prejudice is absolutely wrong, and deserves our condemnation. Nonetheless, it is something that people should consider before seriously pursuing a romantic relationship."
  • "The primary marriage restriction given in the New Testament is that a believer should only marry another believer (cf. 1 Cor. 7:39; 2 Cor. 6:14). So we believe that the most important issue in dating/courtship is to be fully convinced that the prospective partner is a true Christian who loves God (Mark 12:30)."

I grew up in North Carolina, so you can imagine what I heard, even from church people. I went to BJU and was there before and after they changed their dating policies. I lived in Hawaii for four summers, and saw were this was not and never will be an issue.

This issue ranks up there with some of my other pet peeves, like KJVOnlyism, Separating with others to the extreme, Legalism, Music preferences, and etc. This was a great article and Pulpit Magazine has written perfectly what I have thought for a long time. I hope you get the same blessing from it as I received. I will get off my pulpit now. :-)

3 comments:

Jason Payton said...

Yeah Matt,

This is one of my pet peeves too. It's amazing how otherwise Godly persons will try to justify their racial discrimination regarding this issue. Not that I don't struggle with racism...I think we all do to some degree, but I often find myself disagreeing with family members (even those with whom I am brother in Christ) over issues of race.

jAsOn

Matt Mabe said...

Jason,
I know what you mean. It is amazing how little people understand God's Word, and instead believe what others have told them or come to a wrong belief from their own depraved minds. We need to get together sometime.

Later, Matt

Jason said...

Yes, we do need to get together. I think Melissa was IMing Sherri on Friday.