What Not To Warn Readers About

Have you ever seen a book review that makes the ‘wow that’s wrong’ alarm go off in your brain? A book review that makes you hopping mad, a book review that makes you double-check your Bible, a book review that makes you think of some of your own family and friends every time you think of that review and others like it?

The subject I’m speaking of is interracial marriage. Yes, I have seen interracial marriage listed as a ‘warning’ to readers who may be uncomfortable with it – and unfortunately, it was more than once.

Whether you’re a Christian or not, you can see what’s wrong with that. And just to clarify, this isn’t a hit piece. It’s intended to be a reminder of certain Biblical truths.

There are no Biblical grounds to be uncomfortable with interracial marriage. All human beings have been made in the image of God (Gen 1:28) regardless of ethnicity. Marriage is defined as between one man and one woman (Gen 2:24), and Christians are to marry Christians (1 Cor 7:39).*

*That is, if they are able to; there are situations in which two unbelievers marry and then one becomes a Christian afterward, and so certain questions arise. This is dealt with in 1 Cor 7:12-16.

You can read the Bible front-to-back, back-to-front, upside-down, and right-side up in a hundred different languages and you will never find a single verse supporting the idea that interracial marriage is a sin – much less that you’re allowed to be uncomfortable with it or that you can claim personal preference not to read about these marriages in books.

When God reconciled us to Himself through Christ’s death on the cross, He also reconciled us to each other. When a person becomes a Christian, his or her primary identity becomes ‘Child of God.’ It’s not male or female, black or white; if we both belong to Christ, our ethnicity does not matter – we are both heirs according to the promise (Rom 5:10-11, 2 Cor 5:17-19, Gal 3:28-29, ).

Allow me to ask; is it loving towards your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, who are in an interracial marriage, to place their relationship and by extension their children, as a ‘warning’ to readers – just because said readers could be uncomfortable?

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