It is often said that Christianity has become compromised in aligning itself with the postmodern western culture of relativism and individualism, that we are governed by social mores which began to change in the 1960s. How interesting to think that the Global South might similarly be guided by its culture and society and the intrinsic values held. Perhaps scriptural interpretation is swayed on both sides by cultural contamination:
...it is commonplace to assert, for example, that currently the Episcopal Church in the USA and the Anglican Church in Nigeria are different in their approach to sexual ethics. Others will talk differently. They will say that they are very similar indeed. Each is developing, in their church, ministerial policies that reflect the law and current opinion of their respective societies. Neither is taking a strong counter-cultural stance. Each is allowing the norms for a good society, as these are understood, have developed and are expressed in the laws of their country to inform ministerial practice and strategy (Smith, B., 2008. ‘Approaching Lambeth’. Address by Bishop of Edinburgh to his diocesan synod. http://www.edinburgh.anglican.org/media/downloads/bishop_17_jun_08.pdf).