Thursday, December 2, 2010
Permanent pattern or temporary aberration?
In the days following Jesus's resurrection, the disciples were proliferating exponentially. It was an exciting happy time. Here is a description of how they lived.
32 "All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.
36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. 37 He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles."
If you look at Scripture and conclude that descriptions of behavior are mandates to act accordingly, then we should still be doing this.
The interesting thing is that, with small exceptions, this pattern has never been followed on a sustained basis by Christ's followers.
Is it that Christians are greedy? Disobedient? Missing the mark?
Or was this a description of a historical event that was not copied even by those that participated in it? An economic model that is unsustainable??
What do you think?