by Mariam Williams
I recently read this post by Rev. Jim Rigby, Pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX, and wrote him the message below to thank him for calling the Christians out on this one. (Those damn communists in the early church …)
If our much revered original apostles were among us today, many Evangelicals would have painted Hitler mustaches across images of their faces and hurled the insult “Socialist!” at them while attending their prayer meetings with guns. Acts 4:32 says believers shared everything they had. Acts 4:34-35 says no one was in need because “from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.”
We have lost sight of that concept today, and your essay had me wondering how the church contributed to the attitude. Perhaps we didn’t read Acts enough and instead concentrated on our blessings as heirs of Abraham too much? Maybe we read too much into 2 Thessalonins 3:10 (enlarge my territory) or were so impressed by how God took care of the widow in 2 Kings 4 that we just figured we don’t have to do anything.
Then again, there have always been, and probably will always be, people who do not believe this country is for everyone. They will be very disappointed that they no longer have anyone to stand on if all the poor die off because we are uninsured.
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