The myth of 'collective salvation'
This concept is not new, neither is the mischief it can create-- often in unexpected and unrecognized ways. Our Civil War is an example. A popular reason for the war , which has been widely taught in our schools , has been the principle of "states rights." In " What This Cruel War Was Over" author Chandra Manning dispels this myth. Both sides had no doubt what this horrendous conflict was about : slavery. Both armies were intensely Christian. The Union Army was essentially the most effective collection of civil rights activists the world has ever seen. For the Northern soldier, the war was intensely personal, about individual right and wrong. There was a very bright distinction, and he himself was fighting to end slavery--not the nebulous notion of states rights.
The Confederate Army and its leaders were just as Christian, if not more so. But they could not fight for the moral imperative of slavery--the mental gymnastics were too much. They were fighting for the greater good of "hearth and home." The collective good of the "Plantation South", a way of life.
By introducing the concept of collective salvation into our political discourse , our modern progressive/liberals have linked God to their old fashioned, largely discredited, notions of class fairness and material equality. With God at their side, they hope for greater success in selling this notion to Americans. Yet, this belief system can come with dangerous, unintended consequences.