Read 2 Corinthians 6:1-18
Over the last several days, we have considered the covenants recorded in the Scriptures that God has established with others. For the next few days, we will turn our attention to the covenants/agreements we make with other people. The Bible gives both general principles and specific instructions that should help to guide us in significant decisions and relationships with others, whether we are talking about a potential marriage relationship, a business endeavor, or even less formal agreements.
The first of those biblical guidelines will help us to determine the type of people with whom we should covenant. Let me describe a scenario introduced by Paul’s statement in verse 14, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.” Years ago friends of ours had two cute, miniature ponies named “Nickle” and “Dime.” They would hitch these ponies to a cart and ride along behind. More recently, I was saddened to learn that one of the ponies died. Now just imagine if they had replaced the miniature pony with a draft horse and hitched the two together! It just wouldn’t work, would it?
In like manner, believers should be cautious about entering into covenant agreements with unbelievers. Now, don’t get me wrong. We will have and should have relationships with those outside of Christ. We should seek to win them to the Savior. Meanwhile, Paul is specifically warning about entering into a common spiritual enterprise with someone who doesn’t share our fundamental, core convictions about Christ.
That same warning is also true of marriage. While you shouldn’t seek to end a marriage that is unequally yoked, do not now knowingly enter into one.
What about business endeavors? Good question. The possible scenarios are innumerable, but Paul’s counsel must be carefully calculated into the nature of the agreement and the control that the unbeliever might have in the decisions and direction.
But Paul’s warning is also valid in an agreement between believers. Not all “believers” are “equal” in that they share the same passion and convictions. Not all have the same track record of and commitment to integrity.
Pay close attention to the yoke!