2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV – Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
Having read this passage many times I had always accepted the verse to mean that, if partnered with a non Chrisitan in my life, the non Christian would be a burden to my faith journey. I accepted the verse as a warning to be headed. A while ago an Amish friend put the verse into a new perspective through an insight that Levi, who still works with yoked horses, was able to share. Levi pointed out that in any pairing one horse will be stronger than the other. It is the responsibility of the stronger animal to hold back enough to allow the weaker to work alongside while they are yoked together. The stronger horse also has the responsibility of pushing the weaker animal just enough to help the weaker grow stronger.
Levi’s comments have not changed Paul’s warning to the Corinthians, or us, but they do add a new consideration. Do not connect ourselves with unbelievers in ways that they become a negative influence in our spiritual growth. Instead, touch lightly as you work with them, encouraging them to recognize the power and glory of Christ Jesus. Lift the non-believer up and exhibit the new creature that you have become in Christ.