So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife and he went in to her. Ruth 4:13
For anyone familiar with the book of Ruth, you know that Boaz, a prominent Israelite from the tribe of Judah chose to marry Ruth, a Moabite, a foreigner from a different nation and culture. The Lord blessed this cross-cultural marriage covenant between Boaz and Ruth, not only in their days but across the generations. Ruth and Boaz are the great-grandparents of King David, and both their names appear in Matthew in the lineage of Jesus, the Messiah.
This month we are celebrating a wedding. Several people have asked how I feel about the marriage. Why do they ask this? Our daughter, Katie’s skin is light and Anthony’s skin is dark. Until recently, I would have said Anthony is African-American, but I discovered his mother’s background is a mixture of Polynesian, Filipino and Hispanic.
Anthony is a wonderful man who makes Katie laugh and treats her kindly. I am excited for them and pray they will remain close to the Lord their entire lives. (I don’t know how anyone can stay married without the Lord!) When they first began dating, my biggest concern was whether if Anthony was as devoted to Jesus as he was to Katie. However, as the years have passed, I have observed them attending church, serving in nursery together and sharing life with other believers. They have both grown closer to God. After meeting Anthony’s grandparents, I knew that they have been praying for him and his future even as we have prayed for Katie and hers.
In case you still have reservations (prejudices) about cross-cultural marriages, I urge you to consider a union between the greatest diversity of cultures. For those of us who comprise the Bride of Christ (sinful humans washed clean by the blood of the Lamb), our Bridegroom is none other than our divine Creator, Jesus, who left heaven to make a way for us to enter into an eternal marriage covenant with Him.