Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. (Acts 4:32-35)
Barack Obama and certain Democrats want there to be a public option for health insurance, so that more people will have better access to health care. For this they are called “Socialists.”
In a word: hardly. Now Acts 4 – this is what socialism looks like.
I wonder how Paul and the apostles would be received today by contemporary Christians? They’re certainly far too radical for even most of us liberals, much less the conservatives, who would run these Reds out of town on a rail. Pooling our resources so that everyone can have all that they need? Reigning in unfettered corporate profits so that all may receive health care? Whatever, hippies.
“…for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me…” (Matthew 25:42-43)