Sunday, 22 March 2015

Love Is Colour Blind

I thought I'd write a Blog Post on Interracial Relationships and Interracial Marriages. I am tired of seeing all this 'Black love is dying', 'Black men are no longer approachable' or 'the Black race is dying' and 'Black Supremacy'. Whilst celebrities such as Will and Jada or Beyonce and Jay Z are commended for their relationships and apparently that is what we should 'look up to', other celebrities such as Tamera Mowry and Adam Housley or other interracial relationships are looked down upon. I am also tired of being made to feel guilty if I show an interest in somebody who is of a different race due to the stigma held by these people about that certain race.

Well, the long line of racism in today's world has made people have this belief that there is something immoral about dating someone outside your race. I, personally, have no issue with this. I can't imagine God having to have a favourite race. This was how it was in the olden days. Blacks were not allowed to worship and fellowship with Whites. 

Jeremiah 13:23 - 'Can an Ethiopian change the colour of his skin? Can a leopard take away its spots? Neither can you start doing good, for you have always done evil.'

Jeremiah, the Prophet, was speaking to the people of Judah. They were just plain stubborn. They knew they shouldn't be sinning but still did it anyway. We are like that. The people of Judah were very stubborn. God sent a number of prophets to warn them to turn from their ways. So, God was telling them that we cannot change the natural colour of our skin, just like it seemed impossible to change the people of Judah because they were so used to doing evil. They were taught to do evil, they had been brought up in sin. Anyway, that's not the message here. We cannot change our skin, but we can change our THINKING. Anyone born of Christ is a NEW creation.

An Interracial Marriage In The Bible

Let's take a look at one of the most famous Interracial Marriages in the Bible. Remember Moses? Well, he was married to an Ethiopian woman. Let me just give you the story from the Bible;

Numbers 12

While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron criticised Moses because he had married a Cushite woman (Ethiopian). they said, 'Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn't He spoken through us, too?' But the Lord heard them. (Now, Moses was very humble - more humble than any other person on earth.). A Cushite was soebody from the land of Cush, which was around Ethiopia. Cush was a descendant of Ham, who settled down that area of Africa (around Arabia). She was darker skinned.

I am not sure why Miriam didn't like Moses' wife. But, they began to talk about Moses. What do we call that? Oh, yeah, GOSSIP! They didn't talk to Moses about it, but to each other and who knows, maybe that gossip spread.

Anyway, so, immediately,the Lord called to Moses, Aaron and Miriam and said, 'Go out to the Tabernacle, all three of you'. So, the three of them went to the Tabernacle. Then the Lord descended in the pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the Tabernacle.

"Aaron and Miriam," He called, and they stepped forward. And the Lord said to them, "Now, listen to what I say: If there were prophets among you, I, The Lord, would reveal myself in visions. I would speak to them in dreams. But not with my servant Moses. Of all my house, he is the one I trust. I speak to him face to face, clearly and not in riddles! He sees the Lord as He is. So, why were you not afraid to criticise my servant Moses?"

The Lord was very angry with them and he departed. As the cloud moved from above the Tabernacle, there stood Miriam, her skin as white as snow from leprosy. When Aaron saw what had happened to her, he cried out to Moses, 'Oh, my master! Please don't punish us for this sin we have foolishly committed. Don't let her be like a stillborn baby, already decayed at birth'

So, Moses cried out to the Lord, "Oh God, I beg you, please heal her!"

But the Lord said to Moses, "If her father had done nothing more than spit in her face, wouldn't she be defiled for seven days? So, keep her outside the camp for seven days, and after that she may be accepted back."

So, Miriam was kept outside the camp for seven days and the people waited until she was brought back before they travelled again. They they left Hazeroth and camped in the wilderness of Paran.

In those days, everybody with leprosy had to go outside of the camp and stay there until they were healed of leprosy. Miriam had a lot of pride. She wanted more power and influence. But, the total opposite happened. She had no contact with humans, no influence. She was unclean.

I also find it ironic. Miriam was basically speaking against Moses' marriage because his wife was black. It's like God was telling her, 'Fine, if you prefer white skin, here you go...' and He gave her really white skin. I don't believe God ever told us or restricted us to marry a certain race. We may have personal preferences, and that's fine. Just, please, do not say, 'it's forbidden to marry this race' or 'this race is better than that race'. The Word of God does NOT support that.

The Bible does not forbid us to marry outside of our race. It encourages us to marry fellow believers (2 Corinthians 6:14). 
Leviticus 19:33 - 'Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord, your God.'

So, please, let me just repeat this. People will have their views, but yours should be based on the Word of God. Biblical love goes far beyond and above worldly standards, being patient and kind to our enemies. So, be willing to endure the words and negative actions of people.

Be strong in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10). It can be heartbreaking and painful to have your friends and family reject your relationship based on racist views. But always look for the chance to share the gospel with those that oppose your relationship.

Oh, and should anyone oppose your relationship/marriage, confront them lovingly and with biblical truth. We are ONE in Christ, 'a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.'

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