Yesterday we discussed a Christian perspective on institutions. Today we need to discuss a Christian perspective on the individual.
Though social institutions are valuable, according to the doctrines of the estates and vocation, and though our current anti-institutionalism is not healthy, institutions can be dysfunctional and even idolatrous. And though God created us to be social beings–“it is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen 2:18)–it is individuals, not social institutions, who are saved and will enjoy eternal life. So, in an important sense, the individual has priority over social institutions.