Individualists have a philosophy based on liberty and freedom. They argue freedom is the ability to live your life without any outside interference from anyone. Essentially they believe each person is their own boss, the king of their own domain, completely sovereign over their self and property.
Some even promote individualism as a result of Christian thought. Each individual is made in the image of God and has value. Since each has value, they argue, then each should be free to be whatever, and whoever they want to be without any interference.
Americans believe our Constitutional rights come from our Creator. These are not Christian rights though. Constitutional rights give freedom to follow desires. Your obligation as a Christian is to follow the will of God.
Jesus does not promote individualism. Our faith does not give us freedom from outside interference.
Jesus saved you FROM Sin and Death and saved you INTO a kingdom. You become free from Sin and Death in Christ, but become slaves of God’s justice in the kingdom.
The thrust of individualism is you are your own boss, your own king. Christian, you have only one king: Jesus Christ.
There are some within the individualist movement, Christian Anarchist they call themselves, that carry the slogan, “No King but Jesus.” But again Jesus is used as a tool, and not actually as king. No Christian can be an individualist or an anarchist for that matter. The king calls upon us to respect human authority and to pray for human authority – not to resist unless the authority sets itself against our true king.
You are saved into a kingdom, one that has a king, who calls upon you to deny yourself, to live sacrificially, to count others more significant than yourself, to share what you have with the poor, to care about the wellbeing of others… I could go on. These are things Christians are obligated to do by our king.
I’ll end quoting a tweet I saw the other day:
Freedom in Christ is different than freedom defined by the Constitution. Freedom in Christ is liberation from self-indulgence in order to love your neighbor. Freedom according to the Constitution is liberation from the constraints of others in order to pursue your desires.
Dan White Jr.