She had a conversation with her boyfriend that shook me.
He said that he wanted his children to know about the things he grew up with -- Santa Claus for example. In modern American society most of us have the ability to marry for love, so while you should be respectful of your family and your culture, if you've exercised your right to choose a spouse, you should make your boundaries with family clear.
Luckily, supportive parents with a strong moral compass kept me on the straight and narrow, but their relationship couldn't weather certain storms.Moses' wife was of another race and in Numbers 12:1-15 Aaron and Miriam were punished for criticizing this interracial marriage.The book of Ruth tells a delightful story of a foreigner who became part of the lineage of Christ.An important Bible verse about understanding interracial marriage is 2 Corinthians : "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers." That last word, "unbelievers" is of key importance.A Christian should not marry a non-Christian no matter how kind and good they are. Deuteronomy 7:1-6 tells the Israelites to destroy all the inhabitants of the Canaan land and not to intermarry with them because they would "turn your sons away from following Me, that they may serve other gods." The same key concern of 2 Corinthians is again expressed here.The Bible is clear that when both parties are believers (equally yoked), interracial marriage is not wrong.A Christian couple contemplating marriage must prayerfully and carefully consider the impact their marriage will have within their cultural context, their family relationships, future children and the society in which they live.Like when my mother joined the board of a Jewish group in our area who brought in a guest speaker to talk about keeping the religion "pure" and making sure the congregation's kids didn't marry outside of the faith.Or when my father and I were guilted into taking the body of Christ at my sister's Catholic wedding.Interracial marriages are becoming more common in many societies.All couples contemplating marriage need to give thoughtful consideration to a variety of practical issues, some of which may have no clear Biblical imperative.