Interracial marriage

Does the church ever preach against racism? I have been in interracial marriage for almost six years. My husband and I are both Christians and love each other very, very much. I have two beautiful stepdaughters as well. My marriage is a blessing and God meant for my husband and I to be together. Yet, my parents and brother have totally disowned my own nuclear family because of their race/ethnicity. I have been married almost six years and they have never even met them. My parents and brother have been faithful WELS members for decades.

Yes, the pastors of our churches preach against racism and they preach on the topic of marriage.  Sermon texts have different focuses and our pastors preach on the basis of the content of the sermon texts.

Our pastors preach that God’s will is:  “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).  Racism runs contrary to that command.  Our pastors preach that God instituted marriage and that marriage is to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:3-6).  There are no scriptural prohibitions of interracial marriage.

What our pastors preach and what some church members may think are not necessarily the same.  That seems to be your situation and that is unfortunate.  All I can really do from a distance is encourage you to reach out to your family and see if you can re-establish lines of communication.  If they really have sinful attitudes, that needs to be addressed.  Perhaps enlisting a friend, another family member or their pastor would be helpful in getting the conversation started.  I wish you and your family well.