Do Not Be Unequally Yoked
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”)
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Mark is the founder and President of Integrity Investors, L.L.C., a company established to evaluate and design portfolios for discerning individuals, specializing in portfolio strategies that allow individuals to invest with integrity, aligning their investments with their individual values, principles, and Biblical Beliefs.
As a co-founder of the National Association of Christian Financial Consultants, Inc. Mark designed the first faith based professional designation program, Christian Financial Consultant and Advisor (CFCA), in the industry. Mark served on the Board of Directors for Timothy Plan Mutual Funds, adding his guidance to the growth of the first Mutual Fund Family to screen for Biblical Values. His extensive background as a pioneer and leader in faith based investment movement brings valuable guidance and discernment to the portfolio management offered through Integrity Investors, LLC. As a host of the “More than Money” radio show, Mark has been the voice of Biblically Responsible Investing on Christian Radio for over 15 years.
Mark is the author of "The Wall Street Awakening" , the heart and mind of investing with Biblical Integrity. A book that has influenced individuals and professional money managers alike.
Mark began his financial services practice in 1987. Prior to the incorporation of Integrity Investors, Mark and two partners established a successful investment and financial planning practice for 15 years. As his older partners approached retirement Mark felt it best to establish a new identity that more accurately represented his belief in Biblically Based Investment concepts.