Sometimes I feel rather Shakespearean in my posts, although in all the wrong ways. As a committed individualist I approached my Christian life, for most of my Christian life in individualistic terms. I never gave thought to how my pursuit of my own spiritual growth negatively affected others. Now, as a pastor I see myself all too often. So, I feel Shakespearean in the "methinks the lady doth protest too loudly" sense. But protest I will. Just because damaged the cause doesn't mean I can't help others avoid my folly.
Came across the following words in Mike Horton's book Made In America.
The Puritan was concerned that even his calling served the neighborhood or commonwealth rather than himself. He hardly doted on himself. Even religious activities were not to be done from selfish motives. God has justified him, having punished Christ in his place. Acceptance had been freely given, not achieved. Therefore, even developing one's personal relationship with Christ at the expense of the community was viewed as antisocial and, consequently, anti-Christian behavior.