Is Billy Graham right or wrong?
|Dear Dr. Graham:
Does the Bible prohibit interracial marriage? Our son has gotten very interested in a girl whose parents are from Asia, and while we think she is a fine girl, I have to admit we are not sure if he is doing the fight thing. What does the Bible say, if anything?
Dear Mrs. R.S.
There admittedly may be practical problems in some cases because of cultural differences or because of social prejudice which have to be considered, but as a general principle the Bible doesn't prohibit interracial marriage or say that a person must only marry from his or her own racial or ethnic group.
Moses married a woman from
grounds for saying that one race is superior or
inferior to any other race. We are all made in the image of God, and
Christ came to "purchase men for God from every tribe and language
and people and nation" (Revelation 5:9).
another ethnic group (known as the Cushites) -- although it did cause some controversy (see Numbers 12:l). The judgment which fell on those who created the controversy, however, showed that they were in the wrong, not Moses (Numbers 12:9-15). Every human being is created by God; the Bible reminds us that God "from one man ... made every nation of men" (Acts 17:26). The Bible gives us no
What if anything does the Bible say about integration of the races?
Doctor Graham, in his article, made these points.
1. Dr. Graham said, "The Bible does not prohibit interracial marriage or say a person must only marry from his own racial or ethnic group."
2. Dr. Graham said, "Moses married a woman from another ethnic group." (Some go so far as to say say Moses married a Black since Moses' wife was a Cushite.) Graham's conclusion is, "if Moses did it then it's O.K." And, "if you disagree then you are in the wrong and you are a troublemaker. i.e." Judgment fell on those who created the controversy.
3. Dr. Graham said, "The Bible gives no grounds for saying that one race is superior or inferior to any other race."
4, Dr. Graham quotes Acts 17;26 as proof that mixed marriages are Christian.
5. Dr. Graham associated any prohibition of interracial marriage with a belief in racial superiority/inferiority. This association leads immediately to the words, hater, racist, and bigot.
In this lesson we will examine each of Dr. Graham's five points. And in addition Moses and his Cushite wife. Ruth the Moabite, Solomon and his wives.
Humanists, Liberals, Atheists and Christians disagree on many points, but when it comes to race, there appears to be agreement. Christian Clergyman, Humanists, Atheists, Communists, TV. talk shows and others find common ground in the belief that interracial marriage is good. When these ideas are presented from the pulpit, TV. movies, and talk shows they sound pretty good.
Even the slightest opposition is shouted down. Any opposition to this belief is 'hatred', 'bigotry, discrimination and so on.
Many civil laws have been passed enforcing these moral standards. All newspapers, TV. programs and radio talk shows display reverence for the ideas put forth by men such a Dr. Billy Graham above.
If you disagree with race mixing by trying to practice free and voluntary disassociation, by refusing to rent an apartment in your home to mixed couple or by try to set up a segregated church school you could go to jail.
With few exceptions you would be hard pressed to find anyone to disagree (in public) with these ideas. The government is in the process of passing 'hate law' legislation to enforce 'love'.
Would Moses, Ezra, Nehemiah, Jesus Christ and the Apostles agree with Dr. Graham, or would they disagree and find the lest of their troubles would be ridicule on late night TV. monologues.
God's people have always lived in integrated societies.
|The time is the day of the lord.||Isaiah 13:13-14 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. 14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.|
|Matthew 8:11,12: ďAnd I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."|
|1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath
anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to
bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and
the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
Even if America were of only one race, we would still have tourists from other nations. We would still have business men in Europe, South America, Africa, China and Japan. Those of other nations would still be here on business.
The question is not segregation or integration. That is a false dilemma.* The real questions are, how does God want Christians to conduct themselves in an an integrated society? And how should Christians conduct themselves when in the presence of other races and ethnic groups.
|Definition: A limited
number of options (usually two) is given, while in reality there are
more options. A false dilemma is an illegitimate use of the "or"
operator. Putting issues or opinions into "black or white" terms is a
common instance of this fallacy.
(i) Either you're for me or against me.
(ii) America: love it or leave it.
(iii) Either support Meech Lake or Quebec will separate.
(iv) Every person is either wholly good or wholly evil.
Proof: Identify the options given and show (with an example) that
there is an additional option.
If you would like to study more on the subject of Logical Fallacies click here.
Anyone can be a minority depending on the time, place and circumstances. In Moses day Israelites were minorities in Egypt. Today an Egyptian would be a minority in America. And an American would be a minority in China.
Exodus 12:49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger,
as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.
Exodus 22:21 Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were stranger in the land of Egypt.
Exodus 23:9 Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Leviticus 19:33 And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.
But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be
unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers
in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
Deuteronomy 23:7 Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land.
Certainly everyone; Moses, Ezra, Nehemiah, Jesus Christ and the Apostles even Dr. Graham would agree with that. With that foundation let's check out a few more verses.
Question E1: Leviticus 20:24 reads, ...(Look in your Bible.)