May I just say how difficult it is tonight looking for a picture to go with this post? Go on Google Images and search “individualism” and notice everything that comes up is PRO individualism.
And while the Body of Christ is not made up of identical members, for sure, is it most certainly not a purely individual thing, as our culture perhaps wishes it were.
The key here is when Paul reminds the Romans they are members of one another. We don’t have the same function. We don’t all have the same giftedness. We don’t all do the same things. And this is OK.
BUT to assume that the church is just this loose collection of individuals with no vital connection with each other is a big fat mistake. What might it mean for us to be members of one another? It means your sin affects me, as does your righteousness. It means faith is corporate. It means “community” is not just a recent church marketing buzzword. It means there is no such thing as a Lone-Ranger Christian (even he had Tonto). It means there is no salvation outside the church.
It means my individual wants, desires, and will aren’t #1 anymore. In the church we– collectively and individually– submit to the Lordship of Jesus. As we authentically do that, we discover a unity that is beyond what the world offers. The authentic church is the death of the sovereignty of the individual.
Blessings on this snowy (In Indiana, at least) Palm Sunday.