The Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County, Kentucky has barred interracial couples from becoming members of their church, and from all church activities except for worship and funerals. In their own words, the church did it “to promote greater unity among the church body.” Odd, for that is the exact opposite of what their exclusion accomplishes; and if they truly wanted to “promote greater unity among the church body,” they would bridge divides by embracing interracial couples, knowing that whether red, brown, black or white, we are all brothers and sisters, children of the same Father. So, it is time once again to explain to racists who are interested in Christianity that God sees men not by the color of their skin, but by the purity of the heart within.
Christianity arose from Judaism, which was founded on the law of Moses, so let us consider Moses.
And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. Exodus 33:11
This Moses, friend of God, was married to Zipporah, who was Ethiopian. And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses, because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. Numbers 12:1.
God actually became quite irate with Miriam and Aaron, and struck Miriam with leprosy, and Moses beseeched God to heal her, and after seven days God heeded Moses.
So how does that work? I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the sheer incredibility of it. Moses received the ten commandments, and all the law upon which Gulnare Free Will Baptist is founded, yet if he and his wife came there, they could not become members.
Let’s leave Moses there scratching his head as he faces the doors which he helped raise and would be unwelcome to enter, and move to Jesus, who fulfilled the law of Moses. Throughout the gospel and the New Testament Christ refers to himself as a bridegroom and the church as His bride and the union of the two as a marriage.
And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. Revelation 19:9
From the details of the story I’m going to infer that Gulnare is a predominantly white church (if someone points out otherwise I’ll happily correct myself). Since the denizens of the wilderness and deserts of Israel are naturally burnished, so was Jesus dark-skinned while on earth; and as He gave the gospel to the whole world, the marriage is a multi-racial affair. So again, I’m struggling to wrap my mind around the impossibility of an exclusively white church banning dark people while thinking they prepare themselves for eternal marriage to one.
What would Jesus say? Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34