God's Meaning of Intermarrying

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Submitted: April 30, 2018

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My little niece asked me a question the other day and I wanted some people to hear my thought process and what I said to her. I also what your opinion too.

My niece is mixed and is in first grade. She lives in a mainly white community. She came to my house one day after school. She looked a little sad, so I asked her what was wrong. She looked and me nd asked, "Is mommy and daddy sinners," I looked at her for a little before asking what made her ask this. She then told me the conversation she had with her friends.

(This is what she began saying)

"Well, (she said my name), I was talking to my friends when this boy walked in (he was african- american). I began talking about him and asked them if they would ever date him. They told me no, and their quick response made me ask them why. They told me because it was a sin, Auntie. I said to them that it wasn't a sin to like someone of a different color, then they said their mommies told them it was. I said to them that, that was racist, but then they said it was in the bible, and I couldn't fight with that."

After my niece told me that I began thinking of all the bible verses I could,that talked about marriage or anything around that line. It took me a few going around in my mind when I thought of Deuteronomy 7:3 which said, "Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons." If you don't know what intermarrying is, it means marrying someone from different races, castes, or religions.

I thought for a little while longer, why would a God who make all his people equal not want his people of different race to marry, that's when I thought of 1 Kings 11:2. At the time I only remembered some so I went to get my bible and I read my niece Deuteronomy 7:3. Next I read her 1 Kings 11:2 that read, "... You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for they will surely turn your away after their gods..."

Her being in first grade I had to explain to her after in my own words what those versus meant. I told her, "God loves you so much that he doesn't want you to turn from him. He loves all his children equally and wants them happy. He doesn't care if you marry outside your race, he just cares if you marry outside your religion. That is because he doesn't want you to turn away from him and follow another God because the person you married turned you away. So, no your mommy and daddy are not sinners in that way."

I could have had hours longer conversation with her but she is just a kid, so I let her go play, I am surprised I never that of those versus like that before.


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