Unequally yoked: Is it really a big deal?

Working with young people, one of the most common questions I hear stems from the apparent Biblical principle that we should not date/marry a person who does not have the same faith in Christ as we do.

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? — 2 Corinthians 6:14

The overarching idea seems to be that being in a relationship, with the assumption of eventually being committed to each other in marriage, to someone without the same faith standards as yourself would cause problems in the marriage, and out of a need to see eye-to-eye, could cause those strong in their faith to compromise on their beliefs.

What do you think? Is it really that important for a Christian to marry another Christian? Or is there really a case to be made for “evangelistic dating,” where the Christian tries to convert the non-believing partner?

What has your experience been? Add your comments.

Life and Death

Write something about our death to self and new life in Christ.

Use examples of things that die and new life is produced as a result, after fire, changing of seasons, pruning.

Acknowledge Him

Proverbs 3:5-6

Write something bringing together this scripture along with the stories of the Israelite kings and how they failed when they stopped acknowledging God and looking to Him in all their ways. They looked to other means instead of God and that’s when things would start going wrong.

We must put God first in our lives. Any other place of importance and God doesn’t want any of us. This is clear in scripture in the lives of the kings. He allows us to run around like a crazy person chasing dreams.

Praying for your relatives

The Apostle Paul had relatives who were saved before him. Is it possible his family was praying for him that he would receive Christ? Doesn’t this show the importance of praying for our family and friends?

Bug Illustration

Write something about the struggle a flying insect goes through to try and get through a glass window. You can try and guide it out an open window or door, but instead it tries to flee to safety and continue knocking its head against the glass. Put yourself in the place of the insect, and God’s guiding hand in the place of your guiding hand to the insect. Draw parallels.