The Color of Love: Christian Interracial Marriages

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Interracial marriage is on the rise in the U. S. and among Christians.  In 2013 a record high of 12% of newlyweds married someone of a different race according to census data.  Looking beyond newlyweds 6.3% of all marriages were between spouses of different races.  In 2014 37% of all Americans said having more people of different races marrying was a good thing for society.  In 2015 8.4% of all marriages were interracial.  The trend toward more interracial marriages is undoubtedly related at least in part to changing social norms.

For me, I come from and was raised in an interracial family, some biological some adopted.  For me it’s not the color that’s important, personally I believe that racism is taught.  If you put kids of different races in the sand box at the park they will all play together unless or until told that they cannot play with certain individuals.  Thank God for my family because there were never any negative or racial remarks made about other races in the home.  As a result I did not grow up with preconceived notions about race.  For me it’s not the color that’s important it’s the character !!!  If you have good character we can be friends.  If you have bad character I don’t want anything to do with you no matter your race.  That’s a job for God to handle, because only God can change character.

Thankfully God does not judge people on external  appearances.  He is no respecter of persons Acts 10:34.  The apostle Paul taught the same when he declared that God created all things, He is the Lord of heaven and earth, he made all nations from one man, Adam.  Acts 17:24-26.  Sure, interracial couples will encounter trials unique to their situation, as does anyone who dares to step outside of the box.  However, the beauty of interracial Christian marriages is that they both love God.  And they have the strength of character to stand up and say this is who I love in spite of any opposition they may face.  1 Corinthians 13:7  “Love bears all things, believe all things.”  Romans 8:31  “If God be for you he’s more than the whole world against you!”

  • As black – white marriages were prohibited in 16 states until 1967.  The fact that nearly 3 in 10 new black marriages are multiracial with most of them to white spouses.  This reflects an important shift toward blurring the long held color line in the United States.
  • There’s also been a jump in numbers with Asians and American Indians marrying inter-racially.

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The most famous interracial couple in history, Virginia vs. Loving (case 1958 – 1967)

Featured Couple of the day:  We acknowledge Mr. and Mrs. Richard Loving , heroes of interracial marriage.

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We are coming up on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme court decision that struck down all laws against interracial marriages in 16 states.  The case was brought by a black woman Mildred Loving and her husband Richard Loving, a white man who had been sentenced to a year in prison in Virginia for marrying each other.  With a 25 year suspended sentence on the condition that they leave the state of Virginia.  They did so and moved to Washington DC.  Their marriage violated the Racial Integrity act of 1924.  Which prohibited interracial marriage.

In June 1958 the couple traveled to Washington DC.  After several year of legal battles the Loving’s supported by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), appealed the decision to the United States supreme court.  And in 1967 the prohibition of interracial marriages was ruled unconstitutional.  The Loving’s had three children Sidney, Peggy and Donald.  Interracial marriages have increased steadily since then.  You can read the full amazing story online.

My beautiful Interracial family, whom I love with all my heart.

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