“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14 NIV)
Do not be bound together with unbelievers. A yoke is a wooden bar that joins two oxen to each other and to the burden they pull. Examples of unequally yoked things are, “stronger and weaker, taller and shorter, smart and foolish.” To be unequally yoked means there are hindrances in the relationship. Instead of working together they are at odds.
Light and darkness have nothing in common. As a Christian, walking in the light means to act responsibly and live openly. The relinquishing of all sins to follow Jesus’ example. Jesus said, “he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Now that you are light in the Lord, walk as children of light. God’s very nature is light. Let there be no misunderstanding, in God there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Light and darkness are as incompatible in the Christian as they are in God.
As Christians we are faced with temptations and spiritual attacks. We must constantly stay close to God. Believers and unbelievers have nothing in common. No one can serve two masters. You either will hate one and love the other. 1 Cor. 15:33 tells us that bad company corrupts good character. You run the risk of mimicking the world’s behavior. You risk the possibility of returning to the sinful life that you once left (did you really leave the past behind?) You risk turning away from God, misrepresenting Him and Christianity. Do not take up the lifestyle of corrupt people. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom. To become involved romantically with a non-Christian is a recipe for turmoil. It’s an open door inviting trouble to enter. It’s a set up for a fall. Have you exchanged the truth for a lie? Truth warns us that light and darkness have nothing in common.
As Christians we are not to shun unbelievers, we are to tell others of the love of Jesus Christ. We are ambassadors to a dying world. We are light in a dark world and a witness to the lost. Our primary focus is to share the Gospel with others and to demonstrate the love of Christ. We are to stand firmly against ungodly influences, against false teaching and a watered down truth of Scripture. We are in the world but not of it (Romans 12:2). We are physically present, but not a part of the value systems of the world. The worlds value system is contrary to God’s way of doing things. To love the world is idolatry. We are to love God and not the things of this world. Pleasure is no longer our calling; as believers we are called to worship God. We are set apart, holy, and living a righteous life in Jesus Christ. The world is what we left to come to Christ. We are citizens of God’s kingdom. Be faithful to God for He is faithful to you. Eternal salvation is only found in Jesus Christ. Live for Christ and walk in the light of life.
Bountiful blessings to you!