Extreme individualism is on the rise

“My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2).

Something we could call “extreme individualism” is on the rise. Here’s how I would define it: 

“We are our own ultimate authority—not God, community, government, family, etc. Each person has their own truth, which isn’t necessarily connected to any source outside of one’s own thoughts or feelings. One’s choices and experiences are built around personal preference. Anyone who disagrees is morally wrong.”

A few modern slogans sum up the ethic of this way of thinking: “You do you,” “Truth is relative,” and “Follow your heart.” 

This mindset, which has also taken hold of many Christians, makes the individual their own lord and saviour. Jesus gets a downgrade to a nice moral teacher who may have some helpful things to say once in a while (if his words just so happen to fit in to what I already think), but not the Son of God who can provide real saving from sin, despair, darkness or untruth.

Why are we so reluctant or slow to ask for God to help us with our daily lives? I think it’s because people think it will make them seem weak or dumb. 

But if you know who God is (Almighty Creator, Saviour and Counselor), seeking his help is the ultimate sign of intelligence! 

“Being yourself” can be a good thing—as long as you know that by yourself you can’t help yourself.

Jesus isn’t called Saviour for nothing. We need him. We need his people.

Connection is the key to wholeness.


Notes:

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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