Is It Wise to Marry an Unbeliever?

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14

As we study tests in Samson’s life, the fourth test based on the life of Samson is appropriate for men, the woman test. However, the principle applies to how women view men too, as both sexes can struggle with lust and impure sexual desires. But if you’re a heterosexual man, one of the constant tests in your life is going to be women. This was certainly true of Samson’s life. In Judges 13-16, we read about four different women, Samson’s mom, his Philistine wife, a prostitute, and a woman named Delilah. We learn that Samson’s mom loves the Lord, is a believer and is sensitive to the Spirit. She worships God and the LORD Jesus even came down to meet with her and bless her with a son. You would think Samson would pick a woman like his mom, but sadly he pursues the exact opposite of his mom! Samson is strong on the outside but he’s weak on the inside. When he goes to pick a woman, he only looks at the outside. He ends up picking a non-believing Philistine woman for a spouse and later spends time with a Jezebellian prostitute named Delilah. 

One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make is choosing a good spouse. As believers, we are supposed to marry other believers because the goal of marriage is to have, as the Bible says, “godly offspring.” (Malachi 2:15) If you worship two different gods, what you have is division. Division means “two visions.” The highest divorce rates are between two people who practice different religions. It’s hard enough to be married to an unbeliever, but if you add children, how much more difficult is it to raise a child with two different religions and gods? It’s impossible! The big idea here for both men and women is to not just think about a good time but a good legacy. What do you want your kids to think a husband/wife should be like and what will your sons/daughters think they should be like for their spouses? 

If married, how are you doing at setting a good example for your kids on what a good spouse should be like? If you are single, how are you honoring the opposite sex?

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