Do you know what it meant to be unevenly yoked? It doesn’t mean that our breakfast eggs have to have the same sized yolk and be part of a perfectly balanced diet. But actually, it was in reference to the yoke that was put around the neck oxen or other farming animal to pull heavy equipment, like a cart or a plough being dragged through the ground. However, if the farmer did not use a pair of animals that were the same size and strength, then the stronger animal would lead them both off the path, emphasizing the need to be evenly yoked.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul use the example of the of the uneven yoke to make the point that the early Christians shouldn’t find themselves bound or attached with those who were not of the same beliefs. “Do not be unevenly yoked with unbelievers… (V14a)”
This does not mean that we have to stop being friends with people that aren’t Christian; we should still go out to be a witness to and teach others about the greatness of God, so they may also come to know Him. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)” But instead, we should be careful on how we conduct ourselves with them, so we do not find ourselves being swayed or tempted into things that conflict with what we believe.
Being bound to someone may be more within reference to a relationship or binding contract. By dating someone that does not consider themselves a Christian they will generally have different views on marriage, politics, sex, consumption or food and beverages and many other things. Some of which might go directly against what you yourself believe as a follower of Jesus.
Paul therefore wanted to help people stay clear of being tempted or challenged by those who would lead them astray. By avoiding getting into intimate relationships with those who do not follow God or getting bound into business deals with those who partake in questionable practices, we can preserve the beliefs and values that we have and faithfully serve God.
How do you stay evenly yoked?