An Interfaith Kind of Love Devotional on 'Our Bible' App
Can Christians only marry other Christians?
If you come from a deeply conservative evangelical background like myself, you know exactly what “unequally yoked” means: you’re only allowed to marry within the church. But is that really the case? The answer may surprise you.
I wrote this 5-day devotional on Our Bible app to break down the misconceptions of the biblical yoked/unyoked language used in 2 Corinthians, and celebrate the strengths and beauty of interfaith relationships
An Interfaith Kind of Love
DAY 1 - UN/EQUALLY YOKED
“‘Don’t be unequally yoked.’ That’s what we’ve heard from the pulpit dozens of times. Churches have made it clear that we have to marry the ‘good christian girl’ or the ‘good Christian boy.’ It’s been instilled in our psyche since Sunday school, all the way through the purity culture era. We’ve been told that if we want our marriage to be ‘blessed by God’, the only way is if we stay within the walls of the church, and exclude all others.
But what does it actually mean to be unequally yoked? As we learn more about the Biblical texts, it’s stories, poems and accounts, things aren’t as black and white as they were made to be.
As a cisgender gay man and Christ-follower, I’m married to a Jewish man named David – my King David (wouldn’t that make me a Jonathan? Anyway, I digress).
David and I working at a corporation back in Phoenix when we exchanged glances in the hallways. Little did we know that one day we would end up walking down the aisle and exchanging vows. We were so different that neither of us thought that anything would come of our relationship. Or so we thought…”