All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Acts 2:44–45
Historically, one of the great political flashpoints in our country centers around the accusation of “socialism.” The way some speak heatedly of it, you would think that the prospect of redistributing wealth and power were akin to a financial and political holocaust. It is amazing to witness the vitriol that is stirred up when people contemplate sharing their goods and assets for the welfare of all.
And yet, sharing wealth for the benefit of all was a hallmark of the early church. Concern for the commonwealth of all people was a cornerstone of Christian faith. The earliest Christians understood that their lives and their resources were gifts from God – gifts they believed they did not deserve. For those first Christians, nothing was earned, all was given. Therefore, reciprocal generosity seemed the only faithful way to live.
Why do so many Christians become angry and fearful when it comes to sharing their wealth for the benefit of others?
Lord, I cling to what I believe is mine with singular tenacity. The idea that I would share what I have earned with people too lazy to fend for themselves appalls me. Why is that? Do I not trust in Your provision? Do I not care about people in need? What is my objection to the Christian and biblical discipline of sharing wealth? I do not have the answer, but I know I need the help. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.