*Daily Morning Devotional Insight.*
*Topic:: The Structure of Our Marriage and Home (9)*
*Bible Verse(s): 1 Timothy 5:4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.*
Culture is people’s way of life. There is no evil in one’s culture so long the culture does not militate against the standard of God, and does not contain any form of evil or Satanism. Bible is written in the people’s culture. In fact, before you understand the OT (Old Testament) very well, you must be acquainted with the manners and customs of the Jewish people. The OT is written in Jewish culture. There are a lot of things in the OT which we are not doing in the way it is written in the Bible, but in the way it is relevant to us.
Similarly, NT (New Testament) books are written in the culture of the recipients. There are some things that are written in the NT which we must have to consider their cultural setting before we get their interpretation that is relevant to us. That they are written in people’s culture has not made us to discard any of them.
For example, the Bible adjures us to “greet one another with a holy kiss” (Romans 16:16; I Corinthians 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:12; I Thessalonians 5:26; 1Peter 5:14). Paul declares this in many epistles. The recipients of these epistles are people from western part of the world who were familiar with this culture of salutation by kissing. Because it is their culture, there is nothing wrong in that. But there will be everything wrong with telling the Africans to greet one another with a holy kiss, just because it is in the Bible. This is because it is not their way of life. Yet this does not in any way make this scripture irrelevant to Africans. How then do we balance this equation? We shall see tomorrow. God bless you!
*Prayer: Father help me to carry out my responsibility at home in Jesus name, Amen*
*ACTION POINT: Begin to learn what your duties are in your extended family*