Today TGR carries my second post on “work as holy war”:
To place heart change first is not to privilege individuals over communities or other non-individual loci of concern. God does care primarily about relationships: his relationship with each person, people’s relationships with one another (discretely and in community), and the relationships between people and the nonhuman creation. But once we realize that each individual’s relationship with God is the primary constitutive factor of their whole personhood, we can see that to say “God cares primarily about relationships” does not remove the individual as individual from the center of God’s concern. If anything, it cements them there more firmly, not by excluding communities from the center but by making concern for individuals and communities interdependent.
I welcome your individual thoughts in reply!