In today’s passage we will observe the early church selling their possessions and goods to meet each other’s needs. Some have used this text as a basis for advocating socialism or even communism. As we will learn today, this practice by the early church was based upon cultural circumstances and was not intended as a set pattern for every church to follow.
A story is told about an incident that took place several years back in Hyde Park in London at the podium where people exercise their free speech. One day a communist took the podium and pointed to an impoverished elderly man and said, “When the Communists are in charge, they will put a new suit on that old man!” A pastor in the audience shouted back, “When Christ is in charge, He’ll put a new man in that old suit!” The pastor was right. Christianity is not an economic or political system that is primarily concerned with changing people’s external circumstances. It is a spiritual reality, that when embraced, changes people from within.
May God bless our study today as we finish the second chapter of Acts,