I think that Doug would agree with me. To use Scripture to support our modern economic theories which are not based on Scripture is heinous:
But to understand just how non-capitalistic Christianity is supposed to be we turn to the first chapter after the gospels, Acts, which describes the events of the early church. Chapters 2 and 4 state that all “the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need… No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had…. There were no needy persons among them. From time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.”
Now folks, that’s outright socialism of the type described millennia later by Marx – who likely got the general idea from the gospels.
So the post goes on to basically say that the Bible hopes for a socialistic utopia. No, that is my dream ;), not Scripture’s.
Anyway, it is a good post which I hope you read.
And here is another article from a previous year which might be of some interest.
- Was Jesus A Capitalist Or Socialist? Both Or Neither? (aaronrking.wordpress.com)