Unequally Yoked?

It’s not too popular today, but the Bible is powerfully relevant. Take for instance, the idea of being equally yoked based on 2 Corinthians 6:14. It says, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”

Most would agree that this is speaking of the wisdom of avoiding committed, legally-binding partnerships with people who do not share your faith, values, priorities, moral convictions, and vision. Marriage would seemingly rise to the top of this list of relational “yokes.” Still, people–even solid Christian people–summarily and frequently ignore it.

Life Innovations, Inc., the makers of Prepare/Enrich did a study several years ago where they proved that the number one predictive index for marital success was a couple’s level of agreement on spiritual beliefs. This was not a Christian study, nor did it only evaluate couples where one or both were Christian. They simply found that when couples agreed on spiritual issues, they were more likely to endure in marriage than others (visit www.prepare-enrich.com for more information).

Now, I must remind readers that the Apostle Paul made it clear in I Cor. 7 that those already married to a non-believer should stay that way. This isn’t an excuse for divorcing a non-Christian spouse. But for single folks, Paul’s teaching about “unequally yoked” relationships should be obeyed as from Christ himself. Furthermore, it’s proven, solid, wise truth that can save you a load of heartache.

To that end,

Pastor Joel



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