While reading the New Living Translation of Acts 2: 43-47, I had to stop and wonder how conservative “Born-again” Christians, especially those who strongly advocate slashing the social safety net to make up for cutting taxes for wealthy billionaires would respond to this text?
I look forward to reading their comments as they try to justify their ideology.
The following text draws on the experiences of Christ’s apostles immediately following Pentecost, when they received the Holy Spirit and spoke in the native tongues of those in attendance, and several thousand immediately became followers of Jesus Christ.
“A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity, all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”
It is worth noting this marvelous description of community spirit and sharing that characterized the early church and comparing it to the individualistic, ‘pull yourself up by your own bootstraps like I did’ attitudes we see and hear from Christian conservatives who believe small budget churches and cash-strapped families should be able to care for the poor and millions of unemployed Americans.