When I was in high school, a family member of mine thought I shouldn’t date an African-American because we would “unequally yoked.” This was a phrase I had heard and heard it applied to marriage, but that interpretation sounded really wrong. It’s another instance of scripture being taken or quoted out of context to say something God never intended. The scripture actually says this:
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial [a wicked being, devil]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? (2 Corinthians 6:14-15)
The picture of this binding relationship is one of two oxen in a yoked together. Yoked the two become “one working unit…for the purpose of accomplishing a task” and this applied to business partners and marriage because in both situations two make a contract where “each is individually and jointly reliable for each action of the marriage or business.” Larry Burkett goes on to say that “God admonishes us…because we have different value systems. People with opposite goals and values will not be compatible.” It’ a recipe for conflict and hurt.
Frequently partners discover how not-on-the-same-page they are when money issues rise up, when tough times press in. Being of one mind, and especially of one Spirit will make all the difference in the world, and it has nothing to do with the color of our skin.