The American culture, if not the Western culture, is all about the individual. Individual rights. It is all about I. It is all about the self.
When Universities were founded, the highest science was theology. God revealing to man. By God’s revelation through Scripture, tradition, and reason, man knew the boundaries of good and evil. He was formed by the faith in the University.
Then the University deemed philosophy as the highest science, man’s search for God. Man was the one who set the boundaries—right and wrong. Since the late nineteenth century, the outlook is through the individual. His property. Or should I be “politically correct”—his or her property.
The idea that man can and should do whatever he or she deems good, true, and right with his or her own body or on his or her own property, is contrary to Christ. The individual sets what is right and wrong. This idea negates Christian formation.
John Locke is a pure humanist seeking his own fulfillment. The Christian faith is about the individual, but the individual being transformed by God in the Body of Christ. The Christian cannot claim himself as his own, therefore individually deciding what is good and what is bad. God is the one who has set these things. The Body of Christ implies community not sole individuality.
To be a Christian and a libertarian is a total contradiction. Libertarianism says “this is right for me.” Christianity says, “I am the Lord your God, no one comes to me except by Christ.” We are formed in Christ, not in ourselves and our individual choices.
It is God who has set the moral law, not man. By tweaking the law to the individual deems no law. It leads to anarchy and denial of God as our King. It becomes a purely humanist society.
The Church must be the light it has been called to be. The church is here to show that the world is the world; the church is not of this world.
The culture of I or me has always existed. It is more public with social media. The same enemies exist: the world, the flesh, and the devil. It seems the self has taken center stage of late. In Christian formation, being in Christ, being changed by Christ—transformed, this is God’s goal for the Christian. The Christ-follower’s goal is to conform to Christ, not the Spirit of the Age (the world), the self, or the devil.