The Old Testament Scripture told the Jews, “You must not plough with an ox and a donkey harnessed together” (Deut 22:10). The idea is that there are certain things that are totally incompatible with one another.
Most of us, at least in America, are not doing any plowing with animals, but we know some things just don’t go together.
Like Aluminum foil and microwaves.
Gourmet and “all-u-can-eat”
Black knee socks and plaid shorts (sorry guys)
Kanye West and Taylor Swift
Ex’s and Facebook
PETA and Michael Vick
White Hoodies and Feb.
Oil and water
Blue skies and stormy weather
Glass houses and stones
Superman and Lex Luthor
You get the picture!
This week at the Florida College Lectures, I’m reminded that darkness and light don’t go together! The Theme: “Light Shall Shine Out of Darkness: God’s Light in an Age of Darkness,” speaks to that important truth. The Bible warns Christians of this incompatibility in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16.
“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols?
These five questions should challenge every Believer who seeks to walk in Light of Jesus Christ.
What partnership has righteousness with unrighteousness? How is it possible that two opposing forces could harmonize in one person? What is there in common between principles of right conduct and iniquity? Righteousness dwells in the heart and directs the life of the Christian; iniquity is in the heart of the unbelievers and directs his course of action. Where is the partnership?
What harmony has Christ with Belial? Belial refers to a worthless fellow. It is evil personified. A pagan. Probably is an epitaph for Satan. The word accord is the word from which we get the word “symphony.” Thus the idea of beautiful, and harmonious music that comes from those playing the instruments are reading the same score and following the same leader. What chaos would we have if each one played something different. Can there be harmony between Christ and devil?
What has a Believer in common with an unbeliever? The believer serves God; the unbeliever Satan. One has faith, the other infidelity. One embraces a Divine Value System; the other a worldly value system. Where is the commonality?
What agreement has the temple of God with Idols? Believers are God’s Temple. A temple was a building consecrated to the service of God. It was no place for idols! It is the contrast of holiness and impurity: Morality and immorality; sanctity and iniquity. Where is the agreement?
What Fellowship has Light with darkness? Since the heart of the believer is filled light–the light of Christ, and the unbeliever with the darkness of the world, there can be no communion with them.
When Jesus appeared to Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus road He told him that his mission to the Gentiles was “to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:16
The Holy Spirit says to Christians, “You are all the sons of light, and the sons of days, we are not of the night, nor of darkness.”( 1 Thess. 5:5)
Just as it is impossible to combine light and darkness, it is impossible to unite holiness and unholiness. Righteousness and unrighteousness. God and the Devil. Christian living and worldliness.
For those of us who have left the darkness of sin and come into the light of Christ, the Bible reminds and exhorts us: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Eph. 5:8)
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman