When I was younger, someone once told me that they don't date interracially because the Bible speaks against it. I brushed it off because I couldn't understand a God that wouldn't allow love between two people because of skin color. Then I did some studying.

Stage one: research

As I read the Bible, I unfortunately found that some of what that student said was true. In the book of Nehemiah, chapter 13, the Israelites were chastised because they had married wives from Ashdod, Amon, and Moab. Even in the book of Genesis, Isaac is asked to find a wife of his own tribe. He eventually marries Rebekah (Genesis 24:4-67). Over and over again, that person's words were confirmed. 

Stage two: a second look

While I still didn't understand why God would care whether or not someone marries someone of a different skin tone, I found my answer through further research. I found that Moses, the great leaders of the Jews who led them out of Egypt, married an Ethiopian woman. When his sister Miriam protested this union, God struck her with leprosy for 7 days (Numbers 12).

In the book of Judges, Samson had fallen in love. This was not with Delilah. His first love was a Philistine woman and in chapter 14, his parents also protested the union. However, Judges 14:4 says, "But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the Lord, that he sought an occasion against the Phillistines: for at the time the Phillistines ha dominion over Israel." Yes, technically, this union was used to destroy the Philistines, but it was still an interracial union that God approved of. In this case, unfortunately, the union did not work out well for the woman involved. She eventually died.

In an happier story, Solomon sang his praises of the Shulamite that he had fallen in love with in the Song of Solomon. He talks of her skin being "dark" but says that she is fair. In the book Solomon is described as white and ruddy. There is no one admonishing their love. Instead it is celebrated. Of all of the stories, this is the happiest.

So in conclusion, interracial dating is not wrong according to biblical standards. Being unevenly yoked to an unbeliever is wrong by biblical standards.  #Religion