Throughout the Bible there is expressed a concern that the needs of the poor be met. One example is found in Galatians 2, in which Paul writes of his visit with Peter and the apostles as they debate and discuss sharing the Gospel with the Gentiles. Paul states the apostle did not object to extending the gospel to the Gentiles, however, they made one request of him. “All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.” (Gal. 2:10 NIV). There is no doubt as Christians we are called to serve the poor in our community and our world.
Just recently I reviewed an article posted online by Institute for Faith, Works, and Economics written by theologian Art Lindsley, Ph.D. He poses an interesting question for us to ponder: “Does Acts 2 - 5 teach socialism?” He states, “Two articles on The Washington Post “On Faith” blog explicitly state that Christianity is socialist and anti-capitalist. The central argument given by both authors is that the description of the early Christian community in Acts 2 - 5 having “all things in common” mandates socialism (or communism). Is this true? What can be said to such a claim?” The complete article can be accessed online by clicking the following link: https://tifwe.org/resource/does-acts-2-5-teach-socialism/, or by listening to the following podcast as Greg Ayers interviews Dr. Lindsley: https://tifwe.org/resource/podcast-does-acts-2-5-teach-socialism/
No matter your belief related to the question posed by Dr. Lindsley, there is one item related to this passage on which we can agree. Christians are called to treat everyone justly, to care for others and to seek justice for those trapped in poverty. Davidson County has a crisis situation, our economy is growing and so are the numbers of persons living in poverty. This is our mission at Begin Anew: to empower individuals to overcome obstacles cause by poverty by providing education, mentoring and resources. Join us and you can bring hope and justice to the 129,000 (1 in 4) individuals living in poverty in Davidson Co.