There's a quote floating around the internet from the book "The Orthodox Church: 455 Questions and Answers by Stanley Harakas. In the book it is stated:
QUESTION: "No matter what Hollywood and the Church say, I can't believe God smiles on such (interracial) marriages."Does this mean that intraracial marriages are "smiled upon" by God, as opposed to interracial marriages, which God does not smile upon? Does God, or the church, merely tolerate interracial marriages on the basis of oikonomia?
ANSWER: I wish to respond to the brief comment on several levels. On the level of the issue itself, the expression "God smiles on such marriages" can be understood in a number of ways. If by it, you mean that you believe that God does not encourage racially mixed marriages, the, I believe we are not in disagreement. I feel I made it very clear that the Church does not feel such marriages are desirable, for many different reasons, many of which are practical and have to do with the chance of success for such marriages. In addition, we should also add that the Church holds that races and nations were created by God. Consequently, the total intermarriage would destroy the races which God created. The Church has never advocated or encouraged racially mixed marriages.
Nevertheless, to assume a stance that would completely prohibit such marriages, would mean that the Church was racist, in that the criterion which is used was not one of faith, or belief, or the equal dignity of all human beings as the "image and likeness of God," but solely a racial criterion. This it has never done, nor can it do and remain faithful to its teachings. If by the idea that "God does not smiles on such marriages," you are saying that God absolutely forbids these marriages, then, I believe the burden of proof is on you - since we have no New Testament teaching, nor canonical directives, nor Church practice to that effect.
This quote must be balanced by an earlier statement by Harakas, on page 206, where he describes receiving a letter from a reader and responding to the reader's questions about interracial marriage. He makes a statement that is a little more positive towards interracial marriage:
"About a month ago, a column was dedicated to a series of questions by an anonymous parent whose child was contemplating an inter-racial marriage. The gist of the responses was not to encourage inter-racial marriages because of the great difficulties that the couple will face, but when such a marriage is seriously being contemplated, that parents, Church members and parishes should be welcoming, understanding and supportive."
The anonymous parent eventually wrote back to Harakas, explaining that it will be hard for him to look beyond race but that he/she will try:
"I am truly attempting to dissociate the deep-rooted feelings I hold opposing this union and as you so wisely advise, I plan to support this beautiful, sensitive and otherwise very caring child of mine.
I trust I will be able to alter my present narrow frame of mind and remove the block wall that stands so firmly in my conscious mind."