32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
I saw a foreign language film once about a “Christian commune” where several families lived together and shared everything until they run out of money and decided to rob a bank so that their commune could continue… I also read a book once about talking animals who tried to live a life on a farm where they shared all their possessions until the greed and desire for power of one group of animals led them to bend the ideals of the group to serve their own interests!
Here in the Bible is an example though of socialism in a form that does not appear to lead to greed and desire for power, but that functions to effectively serve the needs of the community.
I wonder. Why is there a difference?
Whether we have ideas on socialism or other ideals, lets strive to open our eyes to the needs in our community and broader world and then enable the Holy Spirit to show us how to be truly generous.
May God continue to remind us that we are stewards of His possessions.
Written by Justin Ware