When the bible talks against being unequally yoked it referred to marriage and unbelievers. I definitely understand God’s point because a person’s beliefs are very paramount to their identity. The Israelites had a long history of fraternizing with outsiders and then being roped into idolatry which separated them from God. Being unequally yoked is still an admonition to heed today.
With the Easter celebration, all those “high holy days” throughout the year, and my church seeking, I got to thinking about interdenominational mingling. Instead of being worried about unequally yoked with unbelievers, the problems raise its ugly head with people who are professed christians but have varying beliefs. I, for one, had stopped celebrating “religious holidays” years ago because they are not about God anymore ie. Easter-egg hunts and shopping deals, Christmas-gift giving and shopping deals and all those other denomination specific days are more ritualistic. Jesus himself become pissed off because the people were more concerned with tradition than honoring God.
I digressed. So, with all these different ‘church doctrines,’ intermingling different christian faiths can and will result in someone giving up something. I personally have one or two specifics that I will not or trying not to abandon because those are strong biblical beliefs. However, as a single Christian trying to broaden my dating and spiritual horizons, I have to be very careful when someone says ‘I am Christian.’ I had dated a professed Christian but quickly recognize that his view on certain pivotal topics were not the same as mine which (if things had lasted) would become a problem. I have identified one or two denominations that would make me cringe if I had a dating partner announced that’s his affiliation.
This is not to say that Christians have not navigated this mine field. This is just another thing to add to the check list for potential mates. This is one of those areas people tend to make significant compromises. This is also where singles feel the need to do their missionary dating in hopes to bring the other person to their Christian beliefs and practises. It might seem like a no-brainer thing to say but as dating Christians, we need to be secure in our beliefs because if the Israelites were easily swayed and they had more real-time God interaction, then it’s even more so for us to “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering” Hebrews 10:23.