TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK…
I was reading from 2 Corinthians 6, starting in verse 14. This passage explains that believers’ in Christ are not to be unequally yoked (bound together, accountable to one another, making life decisions together) with those who are not believers. This is not to say we don’t associate with unbelievers, because we can’t bring unbelievers to Christ if we don’t walk beside them, care for them, love them. What we are not to do is have an intimate or soul-bearing relationship with them. Sharing our inner most thoughts or current struggles or failures with an unbeliever may not only confuse them, but their ‘counsel’ to us or their moral compass may point us in a direction different from God’s will.
But what if this is taken even a step further…can a believer in Christ be unequally yoked with another believer? Is it wise to be ‘yoked’ with any believer? A person might assume that a relationship with another brother or sister in Christ is ‘safe’ so therefore put their guard down or be less discerning. What if that perceivably safe brother or sister is not walking truthfully, humbly, closely or at all with the Lord. What if they aren’t living a life of obedience, or of love, or grace, or by the Truth? Wouldn’t that be just as treacherous as being yoked with someone not following Christ? Functioning under the false security that as long as someone is a believer they can be trusted to provide wise counsel, be a confidant, or will always act appropriately, can be hazardous.
What are your thoughts on believers being unequally yoked? What is your interpretation of yoked? Who does this apply to? Are we called to trust every follower of Christ and to what degree? What criteria would you use to determine someone’s spiritual maturity?
I look forward to your feedback.