John Piper writes a very insightful and challenging article about interracial marriage and the necessity of the local church to take a biblical stand on this issue. Of course, the problem in many cases is that many churches believe they are taking a biblical stand in their belief that interracial marriage is prohibited in Scripture, and their ignorance and bigotry is an offense to the gospel.

I remember as a seventeen year-old that I had my first significant disagreement with a pastor I respected when he stated from the pulpit that interracial marriage is sinful. It broke my heart to hear him use God’s Word to erect the very barriers that the gospel of Jesus tears down. I encourage you to read the article. I think you’ll find it encouraging, and maybe it will help you see more clearly the transforming impact that gospel is intended to have on our views of race and marriage.