All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. (Acts 2:44-45)

Ok, maybe not a communist, but, you read a scripture like the one above and it’ll challenge some of your mindsets. Basically, the Christians here took care of any other Christian in need. You kind of even have a utopian society at work here (to put it in todays terms). Sounds nice, very appealing. I can understand why a communist ideal would be formed. You want everyone to be on the same level, walking together in unity, having the same advantages/disadvantages. 

There is quite a difference between communists and Christians though, and His name is Jesus. The center of communism, when it’s boiled down, is individualism. The center of true Christianity is Jesus. The reason this works in a Christian society is because people are not focused on themselves. They’re focused on Jesus and the life of sacrifice He lived. They then live lives of sacrifice as well for the common good. This only works in a selfless society. 

Coincidentally, this is also why I understand, yet disagree with the notion of socialized or universal healthcare. It’s a great thought, everyone getting the help they need, I get that. I don’t believe that will work here in America, though, because we are not by any means a selfless society and we haven’t by and large put Jesus first as a society. Without these key ingredients you’re mixing up a recipe not just for failure but disaster.

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