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Utilitarian and expressive individualism

How do the two forms of individualism Benne (2003) describes seriously challenge the church?
According to Benne, 2003, both utilitarian and expressive individualism undercut the transmission of its tradition. Both corroded the life of the church. (pg. 204) “Utilitarian individualists want to turn-moral uplift, status, insurance for eternal life, social activism, security, or service to them and their children. Expressive individualists expect the church to fulfill their “felt needs.” It exists to make expressive individualists feel good about themselves, to enable them to seek and express their bliss.” (Benne, 2003)

How do they challenge society?

While both individualism is within the church setting. We tend to focus on our own individual needs instead of working together for the betterment of each other. ” The church is the body of Christ on earth.” (Benne, 2003) Caring about the word of God and how it could help us in our society. According to Benne, 2003, “Christianity as a worldwide movement is alive and well.” (pg. 205) Giving us Christians a chance to flourish in a growing society.

How might you as an individual combat them in your own life?

I have been in the church my whole life and that is my comfort zone. Being in Gods presence at church, with my family, in my marriage, within the community, and an involvement in the public feels really awesome. One of the five places of responsibilities is the church, “we can identify six major aims of it, the ministry of word and sacrament; worship and study; Christian community; evangelism; service; and ecumenical concerns. Benne states that “God’s commandments provide a standard for religion and morality to which all humans are accountable.” (pg. 2008) How to combat it in our own lives is by going to church and being focused on your faith, hope, and love. “Time, money talents, and energy are our sacrifices to God’s work through the church.” (Benne, 2003) Christian hope for the church is not only for the sake of the church but also for the sake of the world, according to the author Benne, 2003.

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