FYI: Miscegenation = interracial breeding and/or marriage.
There’s been some good discussion over at Cane’s on miscegenation (mixed race marriage/interbreeding) in Christian Nationalism versus Zombie Nationalism and Nothing Jew under the Sun. Here’s one of the main thrusts:
In case my father ever reads this I should address the stumbling block put before us by Progressives who are sexually immoral and revilers and swindlers. It seems that every-other piece of media produced (not to mention the lives of our celebrities in sports and entertainment) sells the idea of interracial sex (especially of the black man and white woman variety) as if it were the pinnacle of human achievement.
We ought to recognize that it is a taunt aimed at take our minds off the real and focus on the worldly. It is false doctrine, a corrupt idol meant to stand in the place of the reality of unity in Christ, but which actually has nothing to do with the spirit and is full of spite. Progressives live according to the flesh, and they are portraying what should not be for others who live according to the flesh. It hits a lot of notes for them:
- It flouts the spirit of the law of God to keep separate those things that ought not be brought together (though their standard is wrong because it is old)
- It offends people who they hate and
- It elicits revelry from other sexually immoral revilers and swindlers
Perhaps what I’m describing is difficult to comprehend… An analogy to the Progressive and materialist idol of interracial sex and marriage would be cannibalism. Jesus said at the Last Supper that this bread is His body and this wine is His blood, and we are to eat and drink it as if it were so. The material idolatry of that reality is cannibalism. Have you noticed how rampant vampires, werewolves, zombies and other cannibals are these days? How many of those pieces of media feature interracial sex? All of them?
So if anyone is not in Christ and still of the flesh and the world and still blind to the truth: Do not partake in the eucharist, do not eat people, and do not have have sex with someone of another race.
Cane in part likes to write cryptically sometimes, which I understand because it’s fun to play around with wording to add multiple layers to a statement. However, the main thrust of his post is understanding the concept of sanctification (which I commented as TL;DR).
I talked about sanctification before in the leadership of a husband. Paul uses the word in Ephesians 5 to reference the sanctification role that Christ plays with the Church. The word literally means to “set apart” which to us means “becoming holy.” This is a constant theme throughout the Scriptures. The Jews and the surrounding culture are one example of sanctification (don’t marry foreign women, take foreign idols, etc.). The priesthood are another example. Jesus and the Church are yet another example.
Because we live in a culture that is inundated with liberalism and progressivism, it’s easy for the Church to become compromised by the culture. Look no further than how feminism has infected and disrupted the Church through divorce, broken families, inverted headship and submission, and husbands being slaves to a wife’s feelings with the power of Church backing.
Miscegenation is an interesting topic because of how progressives hold it up as an idol. Many people when they hear of it think of it as a good thing. The other crowd when they hear of it thinks that it is a a bad thing. Both of these are completely wrong.
The very nature of “good” and “bad” here is of supreme importance. If you default to either you have already been washed and indoctrinated by cultural mores. By claiming “good” or “bad” to something, we assert that there is a moral principle or imperative that is being violated. Miscegenation can only be “good” if it is “moral.” This is how something relatively innocuous is elevated to idol status. (Although most white liberals ironically don’t like it — good for you but not for me).
Goodness and therefore morality are something that is determined by God. It is neither “good” nor “moral” to marry interracially. How do we know this? The Scriptures give us those principles.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be [j]bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with [k]Belial, or [l]what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. 18 “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.
The principle that the Scriptures gives us regarding “miscegenation” is that of believers and unbelievers. All who are in Christ are of the same mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, what actually is “good” and “moral” is to marry a believer instead of unbeliever.
The one exception from 1 Corinthians 7 is that a believer should stay with an unbeliever post-marriage convert if the unbeliever consents to live with them. Right there we get another example of sanctification.
1 Corinthians 7:12 But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not [f]divorce her. 13 And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not [g]send her husband away. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through [h]her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. 15 Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called [i]us [j]to peace. 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?
We can see that it’s Paul saying this (not the Lord), but the example he gives is compelling. If there is unity in the marriage (the unbeliever consents to live), the believer should agree. The influence of Christ in the believers life is a sanctifying presence, which can win their unbelieving spouse and children to the Lord.
It also follows that miscegenation from a worldly perspective is a deceptive false idol based on human ideas of what is good and bad. In reference to the Scriptures, it is simply one thing that falls under a believer’s freedom. Miscegenation is one example, but it one that is so ingrained in our culture that we take it for granted and don’t question it.
It’s very easy for Christians to get caught up in “imperatives” such as good or bad, which nullify the believer’s freedom. In doing so, they revert to Pharisaical legalism, which much of modern Christianity (or should I say churchianity) is embroiled in. Don’t do this. Do this. Don’t do that. Do that. This is not unlike liberalism, feminism, and progressivism which all claim a moral high ground for determining what is good and bad while flaunting their own holiness in your face.
We are to be prudent about those who are immature and weaker in the faith (1 Cor 8, 1 Cor 10). Likewise, things such as miscegenation are similar. It may be wise/prudent/discerning to avoid being in an interracial marriage depending on circumstances. It may be wise/prudent/discerning to be in an interracial marriage depending on circumstances. However, our principles must first and foremost be built on a good foundation. And that foundation is Christ.
It is my observation that most Christians live by both indicative and imperative, but have them all jumbled up which makes for no principles; no foundation. (“Status-signaling” is living by false indicatives.) It is easy then for the ungodly to undermine the principles and also slip false indicatives and imperatives into our minds just as idols were smuggled, and rationalized into, the OT Temples.
Cane summarizes in his post to good effect.