2 Corinthians 6: 14-15 is one of the most frequently but narrowly quoted passages in the Scriptures. We reference it (correctly) as a prohibition against Christians marrying unbelievers but I think it has far greater application for Christians than just marriage….
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? (2 Cor 6: 14-15)
It strikes me as odd that many Christians will use this passage to say that Christians shouldn’t marry unbelievers and yet many of those same Christians will partner with unbelievers to educate and raise the children that God has blessed them with and commended to their care. Ephesians 6:4 tells fathers to bring up our children in the “discipline and instruction of the Lord”. How do we read that and 2 Corinthians 6: 14-15 and then turn around and partner with schools where God is denied? No right minded Christian would vote to call an atheist as an elder in their local church but plenty of Christians will elect to send their kids to public schools to be taught by one. Obviously not all teachers are atheists but every public school is atheistic by definition and many teachers are unbelievers. You don’t get to pick and choose who teaches your kids in a public school so you are left with the understanding that your children, that most precious charge you have received as a blessing from God, are certainly going to sit under the teaching of at least a few people who deny God and even in classes where the teacher is a Christian they are going to be instructed in a curriculum that denies Him. The image of unequally yoked oxen in 2 Corinthians 6: 14-15 is essentially that if you have two oxen that are going in different directions, your plowing will never get done. Being yoked with the public school system as a Christian parent is the equivalent of being yoked to an ox that is facing the opposite direction.
More on this later….