Thursday, January 30, 2014

Is it socialism or simply being a disciple of Christ? (Acts 4:32)

SCRIPTURE: Acts 4:32 (TM) – larger reading Acts 4:32-37
The whole congregation of believers was united as one - one heart, one mind! They didn't even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, "That's mine; you can't have it." They shared everything.

A missionary who returned to America after a long imprisonment in a Japanese camp was asked what he thought about during his confinement. His answer was: “I spent such time as I had to think wondering whether I would be worthy of freedom when I got it.”

We live in a free country. We exercise democracy. But are we truly free?

This probably won’t win me any points but … I have to laugh at those individuals who claim to be Christian, but are dead set against anything that comes close to what they label “socialism”. I want to shout: “Hey, have you even bothered to read the New Testament?”

Read again the key verse for today … even better read the larger selection. The early Christians held everything in common. No one had possessions, as you and I would understand possessions. As it says: “They shared everything.”

Bottom line… no one needed for anything, no one went hungry, no one went homeless, no one had to go through the city dump to find something to wear… “they shared everything.”

What part of this biblical reality don’t we get?

Are we truly worthy of our freedom? Jesus would contend that we are not truly free until we give of ourselves… abandon ourselves… is extravagant generosity. As long as there are people who are homeless, hungry, in prison, lonely, or naked … in the world … we won’t be truly free.

Christ died to free us from ourselves so that we can be of greater service to all. Call it socialism if you wish, I simply call it being a disciple of Christ.


Make me a captive Lord and then … and only then … I will be free.

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