Ignorance of the Old Testament Leads to Overemphasis on the Individual

Today’s Christianity minimizes the group and emphasizes the individual.

We hear over and over that Christianity “is not a religion; it’s a relationship.”

Fine. Whatever.

It is a religion and it is a relationship. It’s both. Deal with it.

Religion is taken to mean more the corporate, group worship stuff and I think this is very important to the believer. Ephesians 4 says we need the church to develop into mature believers. No group? Then no maturity in Christ.

The Old Testament deals with groups all the time. God deals with a nation, a group, a remnant. Yes, there are individuals who get lots of air time, but it’s the group that God is dealing with.

Often the group gets punished for one person’s idiocy. Other times the group get rewarded for one person’s goodness. There seems to be very little concept of individuals apart from the group. What the individual believer does effects all believers.

If your faith is just you and God, I think you are missing out on a lot of good stuff.

The Old Testament talks about very few people as individuals. The OT covers thousands of years of history and you will note that not many people actually get talked about when you consider how many people were on the planet during that time period.

There are a ton of godly people who got no mention in the Bible.

Or perhaps they did in those genealogies you never read!

The OT also includes stories like Elijah who thought he was the only one left on God’s side. God says, “Nope, sorry, I’ve actually got 7,000 others.”

Yes, God loves you. Yes, Christ died for you. No, you’re not the only one in the world He loves. No, you are not the only one in the world Christ died for. He died for the sins of the world.

You are not as big a player in The Grand Scheme as you might think. There is a release and a freedom that comes with realizing this. There is also a responsibility. There are no Lone Rangers in Christ. You’re not the only one who “gets it.”

Faith is personal, but faith is also benefited by the corporate. If you fellowship with believers, you will grow more.

There is a quote out there that says, ”Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.” This is obviously true.

But I fear many take this to mean that you can be a Christian without going to church. I suppose it’s possible, but why you’d want to go it alone is beyond me. It will hurt you and hurt the Body of Christ. We need each other.

One thought on “Ignorance of the Old Testament Leads to Overemphasis on the Individual”

  1. I John 3:23
    And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, AND love one another, as he gave us commandment.

    I have at times met people who derided going to church or meeting with others. They would say things like, “why should I go? They’re all just hypocrites!”. Another one would say, “If I want to meet God, I’ll go out into nature.”

    Can we imagine for a moment what would have happened to this world if Jesus Christ had said something like this while still in heaven?

    No, if we are part of Christ, we will feel our connection to His body also.

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