Socialist Apostles

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)

Whatever, Jesus.

4 Responses to “Socialist Apostles”

  1. Fran Says:

    I always think of these passages – especially when Christianity is held up as being so completely against any (gasp) socialism. It is all pretty lame.

    BTW, I have a new blog. Stop by if you wish!

  2. UnWelcome Honesty Says:

    Jesus was talking about people on an individual basis, not about the government. He was talking about charity, which is a private thing. Force charity isn’t charity and it isn’t love.

  3. Tom Ryberg Says:

    With regards to American health care, which I was thinking about if not overtly discussing here, individual resources simply cannot do what collective resources can. These days, we can do more than simply visit the sick as individuals; we can collectively ensure that they (and all of us) receive proper care. This is, I believe, closer to Matthew 25 than the free market conclusion that those who can’t afford health care shouldn’t have access to it.

    Since “the government” is actually just a group of people who ostensibly represent all of us, I will certainly advocate that our nation be not only warlike overseas, but Christlike here at home (and hopefully abroad too, eventually). I see nothing wrong with rendering unto Caesar the collective resources to provide health care to the least of these.

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