By: Alain R. Joseph (October 2010)
Unequally Yoked –
2 Corinthians 6:14 (Message) – “Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war.”
Wooo! This topic is a hot one. There are so many aspects that we have to look at. But let’s try and compartmentalize them.
The verse covers a multitude of things primarily being Christian and non believer. However, taken in context is meant as a warning to Christians who are unmarried, so for those that are married this is not an escape clause. (1 Peter 3:1 NIV – Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives)
GOD doesn’t promote divorce but knowing that through the hardness of our hearts we would want to divorce anyway, he permitted Moses to let us divorce based on infidelity. (Matthew 19:1-10)
I was talking to my wife about a disease I suffered through when I was single and found out that she suffered the same disease. Then I came to understand that most of us suffer from this disease and it causes weird side effects. This disease is called loneliness. Now why do I say it’s a disease? Well anything that causes you pain physically or emotionally and that produces side effects that are negative, can be described as such. We all suffer from loneliness and have dated, slept or done other things that bring us far from the righteous life GOD wants us to have. Therefore we are relational beings.
Opposites attract but do they keep?
We all like the bad boy or bad girl image. Opposites do attract, it’s like eye candy. But how long does that initial interest amuse us before it becomes annoying? Let’s face it, if we thought that being the opposite of who we are was so great, we’d want to be that opposite. But at our core we don’t essentially think that opposite works, and therefore are mesmerized by the novelty of it all. In the long run (which is what marriage is all about) too many opposites are just a pain.
1 Corinthians 6:12 (Amplified Bible) – Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things).
Being unequally yoked can apply to raising children, worship, holiday observance, schooling, diet, types of dress, finances, and roles. Let me clarify so that you have no excuse. If you are married to a Muslim man, depending on his sect he may require your daughters to be covered from head to toe, or your children to attend Muslim schools or attend mosque.
However it manifests itself, it basically states that we have two different life viewpoints. Now, one person can assert their viewpoint or downplay that viewpoint all in the name of “love” but we do ourselves an injustice. So the real question is “Do you believe GOD has one person for you/soul mate?” If you don’t believe in Soul Mates, I’ll say one thing: Abraham’s blessing wasn’t thru Hagar it was with Sarah she was his soul mate to give us the lineage of Abraham. Although they both had sons for him, only Sarah could give him Isaac – (Genesis 21:10). If you do believe in soul mates why settle?