It’s not easy to live for Christ in any context. Poet Puno Selesho shares how her faith influences her urban African culture – and how to put Christ first

My Faith vs. My Culture

There is an inevitable tension between our faith and our culture. Even when we are raised in Christian homes or sent to Christian schools we cannot forget that the secular context will permeate our lives. Yet we still have to live our out our faith within this unique environment.

South African poet, Puno Selesho, shares the influences which came together to form her ‘urban African’ culture and how they impact the way she lives out her faith every day.

Does It Align With Christ?

“I think my parents – and even more my grandparents – they had this idea that once you adopt Christianity everything of culture you leave… and it didn’t sit well with me.”

“I think culture is a beautiful thing so I’m going to speak about it generally. It’s a beautiful thing and we should all celebrate all our different cultures. And even though it is mixing and it’s becoming all of these new African-urban situations and all of that. But, still the highest value that I will always align to is having a Christ-like mindset. So, I think in every decision, in every behaviour, in every action in everything that you say, in every practice – whatever it is – it always has to align with Christ. If it doesn’t align with Christ then… you shouldn’t do it!”

“There will always be clashes – whether it’s your culture or your sexuality or the way you do life – whatever. And it is a matter of always trying to bring that in alignment with Christ. Which is a daily fight.”

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Puno Selesho

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