Besides Scripture, Keller also alludes to anecdotes in her own life serving at her church, Redeemer, a vibrant Presbyterian congregation in New York, which I've had the blessing to visit before.She posits that all interfaith relationships end up in three situations: marginalize your faith, marginalize your partner, or be miserable together until an inevitable divorce.Marriage is hard enough when you have two believers who are completely in harmony spiritually.Just spare yourself the heartache and get over it." Keller is entitled to her opinion, just as any of us are.She has many of options to choose from, including Genesis 24:3, Exodus , Deuteronomy 7:3, Judges 3:6, 1 Kings 11:2, to name a few.But there are three significant issues using the Old Testament on intermarriage.I wanted to take this opportunity to push back both on the assertion, and the way it's framed.In her article, Keller leans on a handful of shaky verses to assert her straightforward opinion: I want to snap and say, "It won't work, not in the long run.
Similarly, marriage before the age of modern adulthood was common.
Esther, a Jewish orphan, was married to the Persian king Ahasuerus.
When a prince conspired to convince the king to kill the Jews throughout the empire, Esther was uniquely positioned to convince the king otherwise, revealing her identity as a Jew.
Today, marriage is a monogamous relationship between consenting adults. Looking at the lives (and wives) of Lamech, Abraham, Jacob, Esau, Gideon, David, Solomon, Rehoboam, and countless others, polygamy was fair game.
While today, both partners must consent to be wed, that also was not mandatory in Old Testament times.