Christian Living: Do Not Be Unequally Yoked

The Bible warns against our being unequally yoked. By this, God means that we should not create close bounds with those who are outside the Christian Faith.

The people of Paul’s day would have been very familiar with the expression Paul used in 2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV) of “being yoked.” In this mechanical age, many of us have never seen an actual yoke in use. If we lived in a third world country, the sight would be common place.

Take a look at the ox cart to the right that is bringing the rice harvest to the threshing floor just outside Yangon, Myanmar. Can you imagine that tremendous load being pulled by one strong ox and another one that is extremely weak. The path might still be narrow, but it would definitely not be straight!

The same is true for believers who are bound through relationships with unbelievers. It is difficult to stay on the straight and narrow if you are yoked to an unbeliever. For this reason, God warns through Paul that we are not to be bound with those who chose to take a different path. And the time to consider this is before the relationship even begins. As believers, we need to act within the sphere of God’s will for each of us.

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