NOW... This is one that I must go in on. The concept of this statement can go so many ways. I was in a conversation where the mindset of being EQUALLY YOKED was debated and debated. There were facts and opinions coming from the left and the right. This, I believe, was one of the most interesting conversations that I had ever witnessed. I actually wrote about this topic once before in a brief status update on my FaceBook page and the comments were amazing. I would like to just give my own opinion about this great subject.
As a young man, as I began to leap into the deep of dating and puppy love, I always heard people say "make sure you're equally yoked with who you join with." I believe they were speaking from experience, but I had no idea of what they were talking about. After numerous heartbreaks given and received I think I began to understand what it was all about.
True Story - I was faced with a situation where I was involved with an individual that was a different denomination than I was, yet there was significant amount of love and marriage implications. hmmmmmm????? Now was there a problem with this possible union? After consulting with a few ministers i was told that the union under the case of being unequally yoked. I DISAGREE. I do understand the fact that when it comes to raising your children that there may come a time where a decision of what to teach will come, but I believe that will be the opportunity to educate them on man's doctrine and God's word.
Where does it apply to you?
The problem with us human beings is that we allow our emotions to get the best of us. We should take a bird's eye view of what we are in. Friendships and relationships that we take on are determined by the compatibility of the parties involved. I read a book the other day that reminded me of that old saying about "You are the company you keep." We sometimes set ourselves up to fail by uniting with those who are running and pulling in the COMPLETE OPPOSITE than what we are. The other day on a blog I read a post that hit this on the head. "Just like two great beasts one has observed pulling the plough, notice they are both equally yoked to the plough. If they are not equally yoked, together going in one direction, one can kill the other." -Moira
There are some many different ways that you can look at this.
There's this word called COMPROMISE that is taken into thought. The level of compromise is where the problem comes into play. Now I'm not saying that every opposite should get together and run off into the sunset, but we should look at the bigger picture and see what we are trying to achieve. Yes there are cases where we just CANNOT budge, but do not allow that to become something that causes even more destruction.
On the other hand use common sense and don't be stupid. Author/Speaker and Soil Scientist, Dr. Tiffany Roberson wrote it best in her book Birds fly in The Ghetto Too, "HELP YOURSELF FIRST." You must first understand what/who it is that you are and what you want before joining with anyone. (professionally, politically, emotionally, spiritually, and etc.)
Plain and simple there are situations where this will be taken out of context, but I will end this rant with this commonly read passage that I believe can be related to every type of relationship. - If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. - Matthew 18:19