Paul’s mandate to be “equally yoked” isn’t found in a list of commandments; it was written to the struggling church at Corinth, a group of people confused about how to live for Christ in a corrupt world.That’s why he took the time to explain more than we love our own desire for a relationship. This is a call to reconsider your view of God and dating.SEE ALSO: It's Time to be OK with Never Getting Married In Deuteronomy 7, Moses is instructing the Israelites in their responsibilities as the people of God.They have been freed from slavery and are now free men, about to enter the Promised Land.If a Christian decides to marry an unbeliever, one has to ask whether or not he or she is choosing to ignore what God says about being unequally yoked.
I understand that God can use all things to work together for the good of those who are in Christ, but I cannot help but wonder if God would encourage a relationship that is unequally yoked. I’m not ignorant enough to think that God hasn’t used an unequally yoked couple for His good, but I will still fall on the side of discouraging relationships where both parties aren’t on the same spiritual page. (Proverbs 16)Your relationship with God should always be put above your relationship with anyone else, and that includes your future spouse.
Is dating someone who doesn’t share your beliefs really such a big deal? 2 Corinthians is the oft-cited verse calling believers to be “equally yoked”.
But many believers fail to see why this command from the Apostle Paul is so important. Being equally yoked is not meant to inhibit our dating lives.
Perhaps the Israelites felt like there weren’t enough women, or there weren’t enough men to go around.
However they rationalized it, the Israelites formed covenants between themselves and people who neither knew nor served God. Over and over in Scripture we see this theme repeated.