My daughter is engaged to another believer. But his parents do not approve because of our financial status and other preferences they have for him. But what does scripture say about two believers that are equally yoked. Is there any Biblical reason that a man can not marry because his parents disapprove?
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Perhaps they would quote a passage like Ephesians 6:1-3, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”"
Most Christians interpret that verse to apply to children in the sense of, people who are not yet adults. Very few would say that a 40 year old man is morally obligated to obey his 60 year old parents. Though I have heard some who say that. We could debate the exact point when a child becomes an adult and is freed from this obligation. Is it 18? 21? When he is no longer living in his parents home but has his own home and a job to support himself? I don't know of any explicit direction in the Bible on this point.
So my question would be the age and living/financial status of this young man. If he's 16 and still living with his parents, I think he is obligated to obey them. If he's 40 and has been supporting himself and living as an adult for many years, I think he owes them respect but not obedience.
One should also look at specific details of the considered marriage. Does it violate any other Biblical commands or advice?