With statistics (wikipedia.com) stating that 83 percent of Americans are religious with about 76% claiming Christianity; Christians being equally yoked should not be a task!
I dated a guy who I really love and I think he is an amazing guy. After lengthy conversations, we amicably ended our pursuit concluding that we were not spiritually compatible. How did it boil down to that? It should have started there! And I knew that but I was operating in the flesh instead of a Godlike mindset.We should have analyzed our spiritual compatibility and then see if everything else lined up but since we were such good friends and already knew that we were both very decent God-fearing people, we worked backwards. No regrets though, the time was well spent.
When a person gets "born again" - accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior, that simply cancels their reservation in hell. Nothing else changes with their mind. They love God and accept Him but they still think and act the same way. So that's why you need someone who has renewed their mind. This way the mind (which is renewed and now "saved" and the spirit which got saved can gang up against the body!
The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.. (Romans 8:7)
But what is the law of God? Thou shalt not kill? No. That was the law of Moses. The law of God is the law of faith
The just shall live by faith (Hab 2:4; Rom 1:17; Gal 3:11; Heb 10:38) - the same text quoted 4 times- must be important!
Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6)
The reason the carnal mind is enmity (irreconcilable hostility) against God is because the head cannot fathom faith filled scriptures like moving mountains. Faith is in the heart, not mental assent.
Being equally yoked is about thinking alike (the way how God thinks...which is holiness...having one mind with Christ) and walking like God (without fear, anxiety or defeat but in absolute peace and victory).
Someone who is saved may freak out during Hurricane Irene. Someone who is saved and has their mind renewed will make necessary preparations and experience peace in the midst of the storm...literally and that's big!