1 Kings 11:1-3 King Solomon loved many foreign women in addition to Pharaoh’s daughter: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women from the nations that the Lord had told the Israelites about, “Do not intermarry with them, and they must not intermarry with you, because they will turn you away from Me to their gods.” Solomon was deeply attached to these women and loved them. He had 700 wives who were princesses and 300 concubines, and they turned his heart away from the Lord.
My sons and I have been talking about how the people you hang out with and the person you marry can influence your relationship with God.
All three of them have very firm ideas on the type of the woman they want to marry or not marry and when we came to this scripture their hearts were listening and left them thinking.
I have friends who have married someone of a different faith or lack of faith and I have seen their struggles. Some of them make it work and some don’t.
My thinking is that marriage is hard enough. My sons see that marriage is messy just like any close relationship they will ever have but I pray they are thoughtful enough to consider this scripture when they consider marriage.