Verses against dating unbelievers

Here, Paul cautions us about working arrangements with non-believers, invoking a reference to Deuteronomy which warns against plowing with an ox and a donkey yoked together.

Jesus, like the lead ox in a team, determines our bearing, pace, and path, and we submit to his leadership.

Then how are we to apply his prohibition against unequal yoking? Employment is an agreement in which you do the agreed upon work in return for the agreed upon remuneration.

To the extent that you are able to voluntarily and justly terminate this contract in the event it becomes damaging to you or others, you are free to un-yoke.

If you take on expenses and debts up to, or even above, your level of income, any job can quickly become a kind of unequal yoking.

Adopting a more modest standard of living and building up ample savings—if possible—may make it much easier to remain yoked with Christ if things go bad at work.

Temptations such as money, power, sexual immorality, and recognition can be overwhelming in many work environments, and Paul’s prohibition would suggest that it is better to remove yourself from that employment “yoke” than be defiled in body and spirit or to compromise your relationship with the Lord.A second example of “unequal yoking” might be a business partnership with an unbeliever.It would be a much more equal partnership in terms of power, but equally risky in terms of ethics.(See “Esther had considerable influence with the king but was also extremely vulnerable to his displeasure.This would seem to be a clear case of being “unequally yoked.” Yet in the end, her yoking to God proved stronger than her yoking to the king because she was willing to risk her life in order to do God’s will.

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