Getting into shape: In an individualistic world

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BIBLE READINGS:

  • Genesis 2:15-­25

  • Colossians 3:12-­17

One of the key values of our culture is individualism — the idea that I’m my own master; that I get to write my own story. What matters is my choices, and no one else can decide for me. How does the gospel speak to this aspect of our culture? In particular, how is it possible to live out Paul’s instruction in Colossians 3 to “admonish one another” — to tell one another how to live! — in the light of the individualism we hold so dear?