Christian faith is an either-or, an all or nothing, a yes or no to God right now. It is based on a decision that can only be rendered by the single individual and is not a collective act. Such passionate, individualized commitment to Jesus does not flourish under the homogenizing regimen of popular opinion. Rather, such passion is typically drowned out by the monotonous voice of the crowd. The collective tends to insist with the persistence of a rabid rat-terrier that all community members obligingly submit to convention. But faith requires that we part company with the crowd, trust that an absolute relationship with Jesus is more important than a relative relationship with the relatives. The rich man was challenged to step out for himself, to act, to choose, to believe individually as an individual--regardless of the offense inevitably created for others (including significant others) in his life. In the end, it was a call he would not obey, and so he stepped away from Jesus and melted again into the crowd (60).