“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.
I have often read and thought about these verses. I also think it goes much deeper than we actually think. I also believe it is part of the Mosaic law which is very useful today. Remember those verses which spoke about not mixing seeds, or wearing mixed fabric? Wouldn’t it be classified as unequal? What Paul was given to the people then, is applicable to us now as it was to Israel in ancient times. However, we need to update it for our time.
People want to throw out anything associated with the concept of “law”, but not all what was given in the Mosaic law was to be thrown out when Christ died, and because many do not understand this concept will explain why there are problems today in many areas of our lives.
Simply put, being unequally yoked means just about everything in our lives. Many of us are not satisfied with our work, our employment. It is not a “good fit”. It is a semblance of being “unequally yoked”. Relationships is usually what is considered with this phrase, which explains why many marriages are not working. However, going deeper as to why they are not, it is not the “marriage” which is at fault, but the parties involved. Education, finance, employment, differing ideas regarding the raising of children, religion all interplay into who we are, how we think, how we live, and if we are trying to mesh together two individuals who are completely different, even in one aspect, and there is no common ground for agreement and acquiescence, there is an unequally yoked situation which will probably resolve itself not on a positive note.
Spiritually speaking, the same meshing of varying differences will result being in an unequally yoked situation which will bring unrest, disinterest, disgust and even hatred. Of recent, I’ve been very vocal regarding the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) movement. I have a “hatred”, not for the people, per se, but for the sexual activity done among them. I hate the thought and am repulsed and disgusted, which often pools over onto the individual. It is difficult to separate the two, so for me, it is best I stay away because for me to consider any association would be a matter of being “unequally yoked”. One of us has to change, either in our belief or activity and since I know it won’t be me, I choose to remove myself from their association. Now, others may be able to tolerate them, so they would be called to their ministry. There will be something in them, the Holy Spirit, which will allow them to overlook whatever internal issues in order to arrive at the endpoint—salvation. Many are called to different ministries.
Let’s move into another aspect. Christianity. How are we “unequally yoked”? Many are quick to say these words, “We are all God’s children and therefore since we are, we are the same in His eyes.” Is this really true? Or, is there unequally yoked “God’s children” and this is the reason for the many denominations, factions even within the same denominations and even those who wish not to be considered a denomination makes them a denomination! It always humor me when I see, for example the proverbial “Church of God” will claim they’re not a denomination when they’re recognized as denomination! All churches are denominationally established. God called His body a church, but there are different parts, which makes them denominated for a particular purpose. In the endtime, the message will go out for all the world, and those fallen denominations (churches) to join with God’s “remnant” (last) church before He returns the second time. It is these people who will truly be “yoked” together evenly and not unequally, but until that message is given, accepted and actuated upon, there will always be a separation because we just don’t see things the same way. Hence, unequally yoked.
If you can find two people who will agree on every aspect of Bible truth, you got something good. But, is it realistic? So, what we must learn in the meantime is to determine if it is Bible truth or my truth? Is the fact of my growth not being similar to your growth and where we see things right now, could be the cause for a difference, or can we be wise enough to put down our differences, in love, and let this be the balm which will calm the differences between us. If the Disciples, just before the Day of Pentecost, could get past their human differences and accept the sameness, the oneness of the Holy Spirit, could it not occur with us? Yes, and it will, just as the Latter Rain falls and the Fourth Angel’s message (Rev. 18) joins with the Third Angel’s message (Rev. 14). The Bible states they will be so together, they’re known by a particular number—144,000. Not wanting to get into the debate whether they’re literal or figurative, the point simply is this, in every aspect they will be one AND perfect! The number seven implies “complete”. So, when you take that number and double it, it magnifies the completion and makes it great. When you compound the same number, and then add “thousand”, which makes it an even greater completion, ohhhh, that will be something to see and experience and I truly want to see this take place.
We cannot and must not spend time examining what makes us the same and think by excluding or ignoring our differences will make life easier. It does not and we only fool ourselves. A greater part of a “loving” Christianity is recognizing our differences in our growth, lives and beliefs. Those down the road should be able to see those not as far as they are and have patience with them until they get to where they are, but they should not find you there, because you should have moved on yourself! To remain the same is to be stagnant.
As long as we keep our eye focused on Christ, our being unequaled will have found a resolution.
May 16, 2016