“Because Jesus Christ is a man, He feels what we feel. Because He is God, He can do something about it.” Tony Evans
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14
God warns His people not to engage in unholy alliances. Upon establishing the Old Testament Theocracy, God commanded the people regarding the surrounding nations, “You shall not make marriages with them, taking your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons.” 1 The most obvious application of Paul’s prohibition is the marriage of a follower of Christ with an unbeliever. The sanctity of marriage makes divorce out of the question, and thus such a marriage constitutes blending “righteousness with unrighteousness.”
You may be tempted, however, to enter into a more subtle and insidious yoking, one Scripture does not specifically prohibit, but which can lead to violating the will of God. You enter into partnership with a group of non-Christian associates. God does not prohibit such an association any more than He forbids you borrowing money from the bank. But as your partnership becomes increasingly lucrative, you increase your standard of living, with a membership in the country club, private schools for the children, expensive automobiles, etc. One day you find that your partners are unethical and refuse to change. Ostensibly you can sever the relationship, but such a move requires lowering your standard of living. The thought of losing your home, club memberships, etc. makes separation from the partnership impossible. You have become emotionally yoked, a yoke you are not willing to break. So you compromise God’s standards for worldly comforts. You sin, not in your partnership, but in allowing yourself to become emotionally yoked. Usually, only you and God know when it happens. Emotional yoking, unlike contractual yoking, occurs day by day and inch by inch. Take stock daily of your commitments and be sure you own your lifestyle and not the other way around.
1 Deuteronomy 7:3
2 Samuel 12-13 Luke 16 (New King James Version)
2 Samuel 12-13
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