What Does The Bible Say About Mixing Races In Marriage

The Bible has some strong words of advice when it comes to mixing races in marriage. All through the Bible, God separates the descendants of humans into nations and tribes, with the purpose of preserving their identity. In Deuteronomy 7:3-4, we see God’s concern for the nation of Israel to stay away from the native peoples of the land, warning that if they intermarry with them, “they will turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods.” With this in mind, many Christians believe that mixing races in marriage is not in line with the teaching of Scripture.

According to Dr. Richard Mouw, professor of Christian philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary and president of Fuller since 1993, “The Bible is clear in offering these kinds of distinctions, as people learn more about other cultures and religions, they may be ready to accept new ways of relating to those outside their tradition.” Dr. Mouw believes that it’s important to approach the issue of mixing races in marriage with an open heart and to take into account the various social and religious dynamics that come into play.

Biblically speaking, marriage between two people of different races is a matter of personal conscience. In Romans 14:14, Paul writes, “Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.” So while the Bible may point out certain dangers associated with such inter-cultural marriages, it is ultimately the responsibility of the individuals to discern what is right for them.

Racial issues are a sensitive topic due to the deep impact that past and present injustices have had on society. Blaine Smith, an associate pastor of a large intercultural church: “This is an area that can easily become idolatrous if we are not careful. While Scripture is clear in pointing out certain dangers associated with inter-cultural relationships, many of us can become overly focused on whether or not the two people involved are from different backgrounds. We must remember that God is our ultimate authority and to seek His will above all else.”

In the end, God loves each of us unconditionally and desires for us to love and serve Him with all of our hearts. Whether or not two people of different races decide to get married should ultimately be left up to the couple and their discernment of God’s will for them.

Definition of race and its impact

It is important to understand the definition of race. Looking back through history, race was perceived to be a category of human beings who shared biogenetic traits that distinguished them from other groups. A racial category is the basis of similar physical, mental and social characteristics in a group of people based on historical and current racial constructions.

The consequences of racism have had a lasting impact on humans, especially those who experience SYSTEMIC RACISM. Systemic racism elevates people of color and makes it difficult to succeed in life. Racial profiling, workplace discrimination, and unnecessary medical procedures are all forms of systemic racism that have become a part of our everyday lives.

Furthermore, racism can be seen in a variety of aspects of life such as education, health care, housing, economic opportunity, and the criminal justice system. These policies and practices damage communities of color and diminish opportunities for upward economic and social mobility.

Undoubtedly, racism has long been a problem in our society. It is therefore no surprise that mixing races in marriage is such a contentious topic.

Reactions in the Christian Church

When it comes to the Christian response to inter-cultural and interracial marriages, opinions vary. Some argue that there should be no concern whatsoever and that intercultural, interracial, and interfaith marriages are acceptable and a blessing of God.

Others, however, argue that these intercultural, interracial, and interfaith marriages can be a distraction from following God. They argue that it is more difficult to serve God when you are not part of the same cultural background.

In addition, when it comes to interfaith marriages, there is also a concern that one person’s faith might be compromised or one might become less faithful in their faith journey.

Some argue that intercultural and interracial marriages don’t cause any more of a distraction from following God than any other marriages. Still, there are those who argue that marrying outside of your own race or culture could lead to various difficulties that could ultimately be detrimental to the couple’s relationship.

Impact on the Children

When it comes to the impact on children from intercultural and interracial marriages, the consequences can be both positive and negative. On the positive side, the children may benefit from being exposed to different cultures, religions, and lifestyles. This could have a beneficial effect on their understanding of the world and the way they respond to people of different backgrounds.

On the negative side, however, some cultures are not well-equipped to handle the unique challenges that such children may be faced with. This could lead to feelings of displacement, confusion, and isolation.

In addition, the children may be forced to choose sides in such cases. This could lead to them feeling torn between both parents, which can cause a tremendous amount of emotional upheaval.

It is therefore important to be aware of the potential consequences that such intercultural and interracial marriages can have on the children.

Moral dilemma

Intercultural and interracial marriages bring with them a unique moral dilemma. Should we be focusing on race or on other issues when it comes to marriage? Should we be encouraging people to marry someone of a different race or should they be cautioned against it?

Ultimately, it is a matter of personal conscience. No two people are in the same situation, therefore each couple is responsible for their own moral choice in the matter. It is important to carefully consider the various social and religious dynamics at play and to respect each person’s individual decision.

It is important to remember that God does not show partiality or make distinctions based on race. We should therefore not use the Bible to discriminate or to make negative judgments about intercultural and interracial marriages.

Living Vicariously

Some argue that in intercultural/interracial marriages, we may have the chance to vicariously experience and learn more about other cultures. This is especially stimulating when sharing a culture is combined with a difference in race. We can learn more about our spouses, their families and their ethnic traditions. We can also open up a whole new world of knowledge and experience to our children and extended family.

Intercultural and interracial marriages offer us a unique opportunity to learn and appreciate those who are different from us and to help us build solidarity in our society. This can help us foster understanding, empathy, and compassion for those who are different from us and help us build bridges between cultures and races in our world.

These intercultural and interracial relationships also offer us the chance to create deeper connections with each other and to learn how to be more patient and understanding of other cultures and people from different backgrounds.


The Bible offers no simple answer with regard to intercultural and interracial marriages. It does, however, offer guidance on how to approach the situation and the various factors at play. In the end, it is up to the individuals involved to discern what is right for them.

While the Bible clearly points out certain dangers associated with intercultural and interracial marriages, such relationships can also offer couples the opportunity to vicariously experience, learn and appreciate other cultures. As a result, these relationships can help create greater understanding and appreciation between cultures and races.

Marcos Reyna is a Christian author and speaker. He is dedicated to helping create disciples of Christ through spreading the power of the gospel to others. He has written several books and articles on a variety of theological topics, including matters of faith, worship, biblical studies, practical ethics, and social justice. A trained theologian and devotee of spiritual writing, Marcos has a mission to spread Christian love everywhere. He lives with his family in Nashville, TN where he spends his days encouraging others to seek Christ's grace in all things.

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