I wrote this a long time ago but it’s still relevant in today’s churches.
Unfortunately most churches today are still very segregated. Prejudice towards interracial marriage, even between Christians, is still rampant.Yet, the issue of multiculturalism, prejudice, and racism in the congregations of the Lord are not new ones. Nehemiah 13 tells of a time when Nehemiah rebuked the men of Israel because they had intermarried with women from other cultures. It tells that they had read a passage in the Law of Moses, where God had forbid them to marry an Ammonite or a Moabite because those cultures had cursed Israel rather than helped them. Verse 3 says that when they had read this, they excluded all foreigners from the community. In Deuteronomy 18:9 God had warned the Israelites against following cultural practices that were ungodly.
The exclusion of all foreigners was not what God intended, as can be attested to by Ruth, a Moabite woman who was Christ’s ancestor, but only those…
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