As a woman in ministry and a pastor’s wife, I cannot count the number of times women have asked me whether or not interfaith marriage is okay. This is an interesting question to pose, one that comes complete with heartstrings attached, fear of judgment within the church, concern about parenting, and eternal ramifications. When considering whether or not interfaith marriage is “okay,” I find it helpful to look at biblical precedent and for biblical advice. Additionally, looking at statistics can help us better look at the long-term effects of interfaith marriages within our culture today.
What Is Interfaith Marriage?
First, it is helpful to determine what exactly interfaith marriage is. Simply put, interfaith marriage is a union between two people of different faiths. Although this may seem pretty straightforward on paper, individuals may find themselves in interfaith marriage for many reasons. I have dear friends who came to their Christian faith after they met and wed their spouses; likewise, I know women who at the time of their wedding married a spouse of the same faith, only for that spouse to later walk away or denounce their faith.
Additionally, I know both men and women of strong Christian faith, whereas their spouse claim to hold a Christian belief but never really grows in that faith—while these marriages certainly are not considered “interfaith,” they may experience several of the same frustrations and difficulties that an interfaith marriage may present. Finally, interfaith marriages are also made up of couples who knowingly married despite their differences of faith.
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