Unequally yoked. Heard it lately in your church service? The first time I heard it was in an old-fashioned church revival service. So what exactly does it mean?
The popular web site (Got Questions.org) gives us a very good definition. “A yoke is a wooden bar that joins two oxen to each other and to the burden they pull. An “unequally yoked” team has one stronger ox and one weaker, or one taller and one shorter. The weaker or shorter ox would walk more slowly than the taller, stronger one, causing the load to go around in circles. When oxen are unequally yoked, they cannot perform the task set before them. Instead of working together, they are at odds with one another.”
Another popular web site (Bibleref.com) explains it this way. It begins with Paul's command to the Corinthians not to be unequally yoked'' with unbelievers. (II Corinthians 6:14-18) Light and darkness cannot be in fellowship. Christ and Satan cannot work together. Christians are God's temples on earth since His Spirit lives in them. That's why they must separate themselves from any kind of formal, binding relationship with unbelievers. Paul references several Old Testament Scriptures to show that believers in Jesus must separate themselves from being ''yoked'' to unbelievers since God is their Father and lives among them.”
Now, I ask you, can you parallel these expert definitions with today’s American demographics? Considering the fact that America is more divided now than ever before, these examples work very well overall. Laying politics aside, the root problem now in America is a progressive one, that of spiritual war of evil working against good. (Ephesians 6:12)
Dr. Charles Ryrie puts it this way, “The believer’s enemies are the demonic hosts of Satan, always assembled for mortal combat.”
So, as we dive into this message-filled fiction blog, I trust you will read it with an open mind and a spirit-filled conscience. Here we see a loyal America farmer who gets the education of his life by way of a lowly farm animal in “The Preaching Oxen.”
(Please click on the various highlighted Scriptures, as you move through this blog)
“A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; therefore, calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.” Proverbs 6:12-15)
“What you doing down there in your man cave?" called my wife. “Hope you’re not watching the news; you know how all that fake news sets you off.“
“No Dear, I’ve stopped watching that drive-by news propaganda," I replied. "Seems evil is getting an upper hand over good, these days." (II Timothy 3:1-9, 13) (II Timothy 4:3-4) I’m watching the farm channel; you know my interests being a retired farmer," I went on. "Those young 4H club young people really have together.”
“OK, Dear, just be sure to turn out the lights and lock up when you come up to bed,” she reminded me as she headed toward the bedroom. Then it happened, the most bizarre, work-related visualization or hallucination of my farming memory. This can’t be a dream, maybe it is a vision. Could be it's simply a warning for me to get more involved in Christian politics, now that I am retired. (Acts 2:17) Nonetheless, for now here it goes, as much as I can remember.
Suddenly, I found myself in this big farmland field attempting to plow the old fashioned way, with a yoke of oxen. Nonetheless, I wasn’t making very much headway, as these oxen were pulling against each other.
Not only was this scene strange, but even more so, both had harness flaps advertising opposite viewpoints. One was displaying the title “Good” and the other showing “Evil”. No wonder they seemed to be pulling against each other, it was as if they were unequally yoked. (II Corinthians 6:14-18)
Another strange occurrence then followed. Out of nowhere came the most unusually dressed farm helper. The only way to explain it was as if he had stepped straight out of the Bible, being dressed in a long, flowing tunic with a big gold braided belt. His outfit was topped off with a large turban. Tucked into his belt was what appeared to be a New Testament Bible.
His speech matched his bizarre appearance as he began speaking. “Am I a surprise to you, my good man?”
“Well yes," I answered. "Where did you come from? I can hardly make out your discourse, and how on earth will you be any farm help dressed like that?”
Sensing my sudden hysterics, he graciously and politely continued the conversation, “Remember your pastor’s last Sunday message in which he focused on the evils of today’s progressive American culture?”
“He compared a certain Scripture reference to today’s societal living of being unequally yoked together," he went on. (II Corinthians 6:14) And he very tactfully did not mentioning politic affiliations but concentrated on the real root of America’s problem, which is actually evil versus good.” (Ephesians 6:12)
“The evil is that God’s principles for mankind are no longer practiced in the family, at work and at play, or anywhere else in America. That the age-old cliché of “politics as usual”, has actually been turned into a spiritual battle. With America’s politics being a by-product of this liberal left-wing progressive socialistic change.”
"You see, my good friend, in recent years we have seen an uptick of cynicism amoung America's electorate. Many do not now think very highly of politics or govenment. This trend needs some seriois prayer." (I Timothy 2:1-2)
“So, thinking back to your pastor’s sermon, do you not now realize, my good friend, why your field is not being plowed, why America is so divided? This progressive attitude didn’t just recently surface. It started with the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-7), continues throughout history. It’s now a carry-over into America’s political realm. Evil and good have never mixed and never will. It’s all a matter of today’s society being unequally yoked, more so now in America than ever before,” he concluded.
“Wow, thank you, kind Sir, you really hit the nail on the head," I exclaimed. "It’s exactly as my pastor pointed out in his sermon. We who claim the name of Christ must get involved, and must all do our civic and divinely-directed duty, more so now than ever before in this upcoming election. Like my pastor, I’ll certainly get the word out. Hopefully before it’s too late."
I reached down to grab the reins and continue my plowing, but nothing was there. No oxen, no field, and no stranger. I didn’t even have a chance to thank this strange Bible character. I found myself sitting in my man cave, the TV blaring out. My Bible was still open to my unfinished devotion on the Thirty-third Psalm.
To this day, I don’t know exactly what happened, or why it happened. Just who was this strange Bible character? Was he an angel or a messenger divinely sent? (Hebrews 13:2)
Nonetheless, one thing I do know, whoever he was, he was right on target in today’s America. I will now surely go to work for the right cause. (Philippians 4:7-8)
To summarize, America is surely now being unequally yoked, evil versus good. Can we not see the direction our progressive society has taken? Can we not take a look into society's progressive crystal ball and see?
Americans who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of our great country. Civil rights workers sitting in those dark, cold jail cells. Unknown babies who will never see the light of day. Marriage vows being desecrated. The Bible being refused in the halls of education and government. Fake news being disseminated. The founding laws of our land being blindly ignored. Ever growing uncertainty in today’s politics. What a mess we’ve made of our country and our freedoms and liberties! I whispered a little prayer of concern. (Psalm 4:6-8)
Now, I’m really ready to go to go to war. (Ephesians 6:12) I have my battle gear on (Ephesians 6:13:17) and now I am prepared. (Ephesians 6:18-19)
I will certainly get Involved, for I know apathy and ignorance are not allowed in God’s world.(Psalm 10:12-14)
I will let my voice be heard at home, at work, at play, and most importantly, in governmental circles and the church.(Psalm 40:8)
I will choose to write to newspapers, lobby for Biblical principles, attend governmental and civic meetings.(Psalm 51:15)
l prayerfully seek the truth and make assessments and decisions based on Biblical convictions. (Psalm 130:1-4)
Above all, I will prepare to vote intelligently, based on Biblical principles. The crucial elements are self-examination, prayer, and Bible devotions. Seek God's will in every decision you make. Don’t forget to pray for more gospel-focused politicians who will seek to serve the true gospel’s interest. (I Corinthians 15:3-4)
Now I ask you in closing, when was the last time you attended a city council meeting, spoke up in your state legislature, or even let your convictions be known in church? Amen!
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