Yokes are a farming tool from years past where the farmer or wagoneer even would place two animals; for a yoke, it would most generally have been oxen. The cart, wagon, or plow was usually teamed with an equally powered pair of the animals. Consider this as we look at the following passage of Scripture.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (KJV)
The apostle Paul was writing to Christians in the city of Corinth. Professing Christians were joining together with non-believers and were having complications due to their inabilities to get along and do what was right.
We are living in an era of time where many Christians are saying things and doing things that align themselves more with the lost world – the unbelievers – and pulling away from God, and His word. In order to get along with the world that is usually what happens. It is the same as thinking you can take a clean bucket of water, and a bucket of mud, then thinking you can pour that water into the mud and make it come out clean. That cannot happen. What you end up with is muddy water.
We are dealing with Christian life and living. When it comes to building a business and teaming up with someone to enter enterprise all parties should have the same moral standards and have a like heart for what they do. In marriage, the man and woman entering that lifetime commitment to one another should have a like passion and love for Christ; realizing Jesus Christ is central to their individual, and couple’s life together. There are going to be enough difficulties in partnerships in business, and in marriages without adding the spiritual aspect to the situation.
If we will follow the Lord’s direction spoken through the apostle, then there will be fewer problems, and more love and peace.
When you team an ox with a donkey you will have problems. The ox will be more consistent in pulling while the donkey may not be as reliable, and balk more often.
God has told us, “Come out from among them (the unbelievers), and be ye separate.” He has also said, “Touch not the unclean thing.” We are all unclean until we come to Christ. If you are outside of Christ, then come to Him today, and be clean and separate from the world.