Acts 2:44-46, 4:32
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who 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...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.
I’m not a socialist. I’m just not. I don’t know if I ever could be, because the philosophy, in my opinion, is just not adequate when working within a Kingdom frame of mind. Not because it wouldn’t work inside the church, but I think the philosophy breaks down once you take out God’s grace which is found through the blood of Jesus. So I’m not a political socialist (at least not right now). The believers shared everything, there wasn’t really personal property because they all wanted to share it with their brothers and sisters. They were a close family. It was Biblical.
Friday was the first day I have ever been working when layoffs went down at my company and I did not get cut. I left Friday afternoon and I still had a job. I heard some stories, the crying that happened. The hurt hearts. I remember during graduate school how one of our professors said that research shows when someone is fired or laid off from their job the emotional reaction that the person has is very similar to the same emotional reaction a person has after their boyfriend or girlfriend or spouse breaks up with them.
I’ve been there. Twice. This year. It hurts. It made me lean deeply into Jesus, trusting him literally to provide for our daily bread. He did it. A lot was through monetary provisions from the past and other people. It was all orchestrated by the Spirit.
I’ve got God. I bet some people that were fired at any company this past week, some of them don’t have God. They are alone and they were devastated. I am sad for them. I hurt for them. I long to be a shoulder to cry on for their eyes and to listen to their hearts pouring out the pain. I want them to hear and see God’s love for them in their pain, that he will rescue them.
I work in business. I was a senior financial analyst and now am a senior business analyst. I work the numbers, I work the cash. I spend up to 10 hours a day away from the most important people in my world so that I can manage cash flow and get a cut through a paycheck for myself and my family. This is a broken world. That system doesn’t have shalom. I don’t think I can be a capitalist. I don’t think I can be a socialist either, because I don’t see it fixing the problems caused by the world. Yes, work is good. It is very good. And we are fallen, we do not master time under our feet as our Father does. We have limited time and some must be allocated to work in order to provide in this fallen world. That’s reality.
But I just love how the early Christians fought against the worldly economics. They still worked hard. Remember 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”” But they never let a sister or brother be out in the cold, be cast out because of economics. It gives the impression that if one of them was left behind because of the world’s economics, they made sure they were picked back up and included in the fold.
It saddens my heart. To see the pain in others that I have had to walk through myself. I’m new to this company and honestly I didn’t even know the names of the people who were let go. I can’t do much here, but I feel like I need to talk about it. I guess it makes me wish our family in God in this world was closer, like how Jesus asked our Father for us to be (John 17:21). That we would be revolutionary in how we live with money. Not letting political parties dictate our feelings on it. Hard work is good, we must work hard always. But, what we do with the money afterward is where the discussion should lie.
I just wish we could share everything with each other and live holy and good lives like God’s beloved children in his household and just not live according to the world’s systems. It seems like the early Christians worked hard to do just that. I think we’ve lost that and it makes things harder here for us children of God. I want to change it.
God bless you my friends 🙂 I hope you have a nice and cozy Saturday evening. Remember you are wonderful and deeply loved by Jesus.