I am preaching on Acts 4:32-37 this week during our capital campaign to raise money for a new roof and pay off debt. I chose this text because it demonstrates how the early church and believing communities worked. Reading this text though it looks like the Utopian Christian Community would be communism. At the basic levels makes sense. All are equal and we all work together sharing what we have because it is truly God’s not ours.
Yet, there has never really been a Utopian Communist Government. The picture we have of Communism is one of corruption and concentrated power. How do we wrestle with this then? How do we feel knowing that the scripture doesn’t mention anything about believing communities being a democracy? I am wondering if people will pick up on this during my sermon (I’m only hinting at it, not concentrating on it by any means).