That was posted on a friend's Facebook wall recently, and she followed it up with this:
Acts 2:44-46 - All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.I have never taken an economics class. My eyes glaze over when people start talking about the economy or 401Ks or IRAs or Social Security or Wall Street or anything related to those topics. I just do not have a head for it, so I am utterly unqualified to really write anything informative about "the economy". But I can ask questions about things that have confused me.
I don't know how this begins (or if I'd be unselfish enough to do it if I knew how to begin); but I know as I type on my ipad, sitting on my memory foam mattress, that right now I am too comfortable with my personal wants and comforts and tend to resist that which I think asks too much of me. I see a gap between where I am and what these verses tell, and I want to know what lies between my here and their there.
- I have often heard in church, throughout my life, that everything we have comes from God, nothing is really our own; it is just on loan to us. If this is true, why are so many of us so intent on claiming that we have worked so hard for our money?
- How much money has been raised in campaign contributions this year (for all parties and candidates at any level) and if that was applied to the national debt, where would we stand?
- Why are the verses my friend posted about often explained as "that's the church's job, not the government's", but so many people also believe we are a Christian nation founded on Christian values and principles? Which values and principles really matter?
- If think about our needs and our wants and were really honest about it, then isn't it really our wants and the idea of keeping up with the Joneses that drives "the economy" and not our needs?
There may not be concrete answers to these questions, and they make some people very angry. I know I am very comfortable in my middle-class lifestyle and would not like changing it. But I also see a lot of conflict between Christian faith and American culture, and I'm really not sure what to do about it.
What are your thoughts?