The Bible is clear followers of Jesus are not to be unequally yoked to a non-believer.
But still – many Christians fall into the trap of thinking somehow, they are “different” and the rules don’t apply to them.
And before they realize what hit them, they are trapped in a situation they never expected that is truly life and death.
Would you hold a gun to your head and pull the trigger?
In Russian roulette, a single round is placed in a revolver where the participant spins the cylinder and aims the gun against their head – and then pulls the trigger.
This “game” is one of chance – and while a person might get “lucky” and not get a bullet to the head one round . . .
. . . the next round they might not be so fortunate and it could be a lethal shot.
Clearly, this “game of chance” is not one people play – as it could kill them.
So why then do many Christians make the mistake of thinking getting into a relationship with a non-believer is not as deadly?
No – you are not the exception
In our pride and arrogance, many people simply think the rules don’t apply to them.
Most of us know of that “one story” where one spouse was a believer, and the other wasn’t, and the believing spouse led the non-believing spouse to Christ.
Of course – with over 50 percent of marriages in America ending in divorce – it’s clear not every marriage has a happy ending.
Just because ONE COUPLE didn’t get a bullet and God was gracious to redeem their disobedience and bring the non-believing spouse to Christ . . .
. . . doesn’t mean Christians should expect that to be the outcome for every marriage.
Yes, God is gracious, and He wants everyone to become followers of Jesus and give their life to Him.
But there are still natural consequences for disobedience.
When we choose to disobey God and chart our own course – the consequences will keep rolling in – and they could shipwreck the life of even the strongest believer.
Light cannot be yoked to darkness
If you are a Christian, Jesus should be the most important person in your life.
As believers, we pray to God and spend time with Him during our daily devotionals and in worship.
We pray before making big decisions (and hopefully even little ones).
Christians raise their children to love and fear Him (out of reverence) and live a generous life supporting organizations making His name known in addition to giving to the local church.
But if your spouse isn’t a Christian, you can never fully “become one” with them – because they don’t have the light of Jesus.
They may respect your generosity in giving – but they might not understand why you do it.
Or perhaps they may even become angry you want to give a portion of your marital income to God’s church – especially if you are a stay-at-home mom who doesn’t “earn” her own income.
They can’t help you raise your children in the faith . . .
. . . because they don’t have the same life-saving faith you do.
It may “work” for a little while – so you think.
But the gap between two unequally yoked spouses will continue to widen until it’s too painful to close without a divine miracle from God.
God’s goal isn’t to punish you – it’s to protect you.
He tells His children not to be unequally yoked because He loves them and doesn’t want to see their life shipwrecked.
If you are considering dating, or even marrying someone who isn’t a devoted follower of Jesus – be warned.
As much as you think you can “pull them up” into the faith . . .
. . . they are more likely to “pull you down” – and even shipwreck your faith.
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14
Do you think non-believers and believers should get married?
Why do you think so many Christians find themselves in this deadly trap?
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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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