At our Wednesday evening service tonight we will be searching Scripture together regarding the issue of inter-racial marriage. Often people think that Scripture doesn't directly speak to this issue. Quite the opposite is true. Sadly, many Christians have been influenced by the very "thought patterns of this world" that we are commanded to actively reject. In every corner of America (not just the deep south) genuine believers can be found who have nevertheless adopted a sinful approach to race and interracial marriage.
Thabiti Anyabwile once said something to the affect of "The world focuses on race for all the wrong reasons, while God focuses on race for all the right reasons---from every tongue, tribe, and nation he rescued men---to the glory of God!" When sinful men approach the issue of race it can only breed a sinful response (racism, superiority, condemnation of 'intermingling the races', etc). Yet when we approach race through God's eyes something redemptive happens. We realize that all are created in God's image, and that in Christ there is "no longer Jew nor Greek".
May God protect His people from the sin of racism, even as He empowers His people to view all things through the redemptive lense of the Gospel. If your in the West Liberty, Ohio area tonight, we encourage you to come and hear what the Bible has to say on this important topic.