The blog post titled “When God Sends Your White Daughter a Black Husband,” written by Gaye Clark and published on August 8, is certainly reverberating throughout the online world. The Christian mother’s essay on the Gospel Coalition, which has been shared more than 74,900 times on Facebook and counting, flies in the face of other so-called Christians who claim that the Bible and God forbid “race mixing” and “miscegenation.” These terms are often used as non-biblical euphemisms to try and hid racism behind Christian sentiments.
Update: Clark wrote on Twitter that she has asked the website to remove Gaye’s essay due to some of the backlash she received from some people claiming it was racist.
Instead, 53-year-old Gaye directly took on such racist sentiments, even answering questions from people in her church who questioned if her white daughter, Anna, was dating the black man named Glenn who Anna attended church with. Clark admitted with a wink that the black and white couple were doing more than dating: Gaye told the woman that Anna and Glenn were engaged to be married. Gaye’s deft answer to the woman’s feigned or real concern about the couple’s future interracial children was matched only in power to the Bible verses Clark used throughout the essay to remind everyone to remember biblical theology in such matters.
“‘It’s just… their future children. They have no idea what’s ahead of them!'”
“I nodded. ‘When Jim and I were married, we had no idea what was ahead of us either. I stopped believing the lie we could control our trials years ago.'”
Whereas the Daily Mail calls Gaye’s essay “awkward,” as seen in their below tweet, others are calling it brilliant and tear-worthy on Facebook, especially in the end, where Clark describes passing on the wedding ring her late husband gave her over to Glenn to have altered as he saw fit and presented to Anna.
Gaye described praying for a husband for her daughter Anna for years before Glenn ever came into the picture — as Christians are often taught to do for their children. Clark wrote about praying for the basics of a good man, one who would provide well and be a wonderful dad who was God-fearing and kind to her daughter.
Clark wrote that she had “presumptions” about her daughter’s future husband before she even met him — namely, that he would be white. Gaye asked for forgiveness and marveled at her daughter’s own short list of needs in a man.
“He loves Jesus, Mom. That’s it. That’s my wish list. Jesus lover.”
Glenn came into the picture, making Gaye realize that she couldn’t just talk the Christian talk, Clark had to walk the Christian walk. Clark turned to the first book of the Bible, Genesis, to realize that all humans originated from the same place, according to her faith.
“All ethnicities are made in the image of God, have one ancestor, and can trace their roots to the same parents, Adam and Eve.”
Now viewing Glenn as a brother in Christ instead of a black man, Gaye wrote that she knew she needed to show the love of God to Glenn from the first moment Anna asked her mom what she thought. Clark also wrote about being patient with family members who didn’t understand the interracial union and about fielding questions that the couple have been asked, such as whether they would live in a black or white world.
A cardiac nurse out of Augusta, Georgia, Gaye wrote about leaning on Scripture to explain it all.
“As Anna and Glenn stood before our pastor and joined their two lives into one, I realized their union was a foretaste of a glory yet to come: ‘After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes.'” (Rev. 7:9).
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