Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

2 Cor 6:14


What does it mean to be unequally yoked?  In Biblical times a yoke was a wooden bar that joined two animals together to share the burden of plowing a field, pulling a cart, or some other burden.  An “unequally yoked” team would have had one beast stronger or bigger than the other. The weaker would either have to walk faster to keep up or, more often than not, would walk slower than the bigger stronger one, pulling the load off track and increasing the burden to both animals. Instead of working together, they would be at odds with one another.

Today, the term “unequal yoked” is frequently applied to business and financial relationships. Why? Because unbelievers have worldviews and morals that often are in direct conflict with Biblical values. Values and personal beliefs guide decisions in life and business.  Conflicting principals will naturally cause disagreement and eventually force one partner or the other to abandon their principals. Unfortunately, in today’s world, the Christian is pressured to leave his Biblical principles behind for the sake of profit and the growth of the business.

Please consider that when you purchase stock, you are purchasing ownership in a company, you are becoming a partner with all the other stock owners.  If you have little or no say, or are controlled by such an arrangement, have you become “unequally yoked”?

(An excerpt from Marks book “The Wall Street Awakening”)