A Call FOR Radical Individualism
From the Legacy of William Carey: A Model for the Tranformation of a Culture
When I was in Bible College at Southeastern, one of my first oral reports was on William Carey. I picked him as the person to present on, gathered every biography that was available, and presented what I remember as a case for the supremacy of the glory of God in missions. When I began studying postmillennialism, it came back to mind that William Carey was such; and in fact, I recalled distinctly one of the biographies I had read that included Carey’s missional impact on the various spheres of society in India. Add to this the other week the subject came to my desk again as I was listening to a podcast by Chalcedon Foundation where they were interviewing Vishal Mangalwadi. It happens to be that Vishal’s biography is the one I read. So, the past week I ordered a paperback copy (which came in today)! As I opened the book, I came directly to a page that caught my attention immediately in light of recent accusations against Baptists. It literally used the words “Radical Individualism” and was in absolute favor of it. If you don’t know the debate on this issue, just search for Cross Politics Podcast blaming Baptists for Transgenderism due to Baptists promoting radical individualism. Ok, the stage is set, and now I want you to see what I put my eyes on. Here’s the quote.
“Christian life begins with repentance that leads to conversion. Repentance implies radical individualism—a person assuming responsibility for his or her life. In India, religion had been a tool of social control over a person’s conscience, and instrument for quashing a persons’ individuality. In contrast, when Jesus called His disciples to “forsake all” for the kingdom of God, He set them free to be themselves, to follow God and fulfil their destiny—their calling. Christ’s disciples, as a result became heroes who turned the world upside down. Sixteenth-century Reformers and nineteenth-century missionaries who followed Carey’s initiative resembled Christ’s apostles at this point.” p.126
The motto of the world today that says be yourself is a cheap imitation but is like many of Satan’s imitations—slick, but false. There is a real Radical Indivdualism we need.