I have been reading N. T. Wright who makes the case that we have read the biblical story too individualistically. He says, to make a very great oversimplificaiton, that there needs to be more “we” in our thinking.
Then I discovered this passage:
Deut. 29:19, 21
one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike…. And the Lord will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for calamity, in accordance with all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law.
The “we” is in this section in which Moses presents a challenge to the second generation to accept the Covenant. It is about a nation, not one individual. Yet, in the midst of the nation, is each individual member. The man who stands in the crowd, looks to be just like the rest, but who has a heart of unbelief, will be discovered by the Lord.
In swinging the pendulum back, we don’t want to go too far.