A pastor friend of mine mentioned to me the other day that few people today probably understand what “unequally yoked” means. I’m sure he’s correct, and that ignorance can have tragic, life altering consequences. I certainly didn’t grasp the concept fully as a young adult. Another pastor friend was doing pre-marital counseling the other evening. Hopefully the young couple he was counseling was equally yoked. “Do not be unequally yoked [or bound/tied] with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). I.e., choose your companions and marriage mates wisely. The implied visual image of the verse is of two animals bound together (yoked together) attempting to plow a field. If one is at cross purposes with the other, or significantly stronger or weaker, imagine what the attempted result will be. Chaos, pain and frustration will ensue. If we bind ourselves with a nonbeliever, it will stunt our process of spiritual sanctification. We will be like the Jews who intermarried with non-believing neighbors in the Old Testament, despite God’s adamant prohibition of it. Soon they turned away from the one true God and began to worship, or condone, the many pagan idols, which led to their disobedience and destruction as a nation. The same can happen to us as individuals (or a nation) if we bind ourselves with nonbelievers.