Culture Is a Pathway for the Gospel

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Last year I traveled to Uganda to equip pastors from South Sudan for ministry and church planting. During one Q&A session they asked me to help them sort out a cultural issue pertaining to levirate marriage. In their culture, when an older brother dies without a male heir, the next brother is obligated to marry his brother’s widow. When she has a son, he is to be raised as the son of the older brother — meaning he receives the honor and inheritance due his father.

What was the proper Christian response? What if one of these pastors was a younger brother? If his older brother were to die, how would he respond to this cultural expectation?

My initial thought was, “That’s weird.” …Read More.