Say what?

I was flipping through the television channels recently and came across a show in which interracial marriage and race in general was being discussed.  One woman forbid her son from even dating outside his race, one woman hated the fact that she was black and one Jewish gentleman said he wanted to be black.  One woman even went as far as to say the Bible was against interracial marriage because it said we are not to marry outside our “tribe” and we are not to be “unequally yoked.”  Of course when the Bible was brought into the discussion it peaked my curiosity.  I find some people know just enough of God’s Word to make them dangerous.  For the most part I don’t care who people marry with one exception.  The Bible does refer to not being “unequally yoked” (2 Cor. 6:14), but it specifically refers to believers and unbelievers.  I would always advise a Christian NOT to marry and non-Christian.  I personally would not marry a Christian and non-Christian.  That being said, where the Bible talks about not marrying outside your “tribe,” in the O.T., that was given to the Jews to maintain their national purity.  God knew if the Jews were to marry Gentiles, there would be an excellent chance they would be pulled away from God.  Who today could look at their ancestry and find they were from only one “tribe” anyways.  Most of us are from mixed ancestry.  And for someone to bring the Bible into the discussion, you would think they would remember we are all from one ancestor anyways; Adam and Eve.  All mankind originally started from that singular gene pool.  A persons skin color is not what defines who we are.  It’s what is on the inside that makes us who we are (1 Sam. 16:7).  Matt. 15:18 refers to the importance of a man’s heart.  If we are ever going to get past racial prejudice we need to tear down the barriers that divide us rather than build new ones.  People are beautiful inside not only outwardly.  The one and True God is Lord of us all (Rom. 10:12).