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The farmer would chose a pair of animals that were similar in size and strength so that they would pull together in unison, creating straight lines in the field.
If the oxen team were imbalanced - if one ox were stronger or larger than the other - then the team couldn't pull with equal power.
This is a fairly common scenario—A Christian dates a non-Christian. The Christian must make a choice: go through the pain of a breakup, or be “unequally yoked” with an unbeliever.
Unfortunately, many choose the latter—and later regret it.
God loves us, and He does not want us to fail in life.
If we become bound with an unbeliever in a solemn agreement (i.e., a marriage covenant), then we are unequally yoked and likely to be pulled astray from an obedient walk with Christ.