From We to Me
Americans since the 1960s are increasingly expressing themselves in terms that are individual-focused (“me”) rather than community-focused (“we”). So reports USA Today.
Such a trend may not be hard to imagine in society, but what about within the American Church? Are modern-day Christians tempted to find their identity in increasingly individualistic terms? Is #me trending over #we?
Yes, says Michael Svigel in his new book RetroChristianity: Reclaiming the Forgotten Faith. But to find the evidence and the cause he goes back further than the 1960s, seeing how personal growth in holiness shifted in the 1600s. Svigel explains the swing from we to me through a history lesson.
History and experience teach us that both the corporate and the individual dimensions of sanctification can be pushed to an extreme. Corporate spirituality was exaggerated to a great degree in the medieval Catholic period, in which the corporate disciplines of the…