Being Unequally Yoked

14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will live with them and walk among them,
and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

17 Therefore,

“Come out from them and be separate,
says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

18 And,“I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

This passage of Scripture has a multitude of applications for everyday life. The most common application has always been between a man and a woman in marriage. The next popular implementation is that of owning a business with someone who doesn’t have the same moral underpinnings as you do. This could even apply to trade and commerce with other nations. Not all the countries of the world have the same values we do.

The principle is sound and worthy of study. The Bible has much to say about moral and society issues that a non-believer will not understand. Believers and non-Believers think about things in a very different way. The two will can agree on things. It’s just that the Christian uses the Bible as the final authority in many matters.

When considering a “mixed” relationship with a non-Believer, don’t do it. God included these verses because He knows how people can justify anything they want. There are significant ramifications and consequences of being unequally yoked, and God always knows what those are in any situation. His warning to us should be a reminder of His constant love and compassion for us. He knows that those kinds of relationships end in disaster so He warns us accordingly.

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