I am who I am becoming...
- May 27, 2014
Can we agree that the Biblical narratives point us towards a prosperous human being?And capitalism is not a spiritual discipline. It is the best known to man system to feed and clothe and prosper the greatest amount of people.
A primary story is that of a people liberated from the exploitive oppression of an Egyptian ruler. These people were hungry as they travelled. In response God provided daily bread. All gathered that bread and it was distributed to the whole population. It is written that none had too much and none had too little
Another story is told about the apostolic community. Jesus has ascended and his Spirit led the people forward. We are told that no member of that community considered themselves the owner of material resources. Those resources were held in common and deployed to serve those person left out of the exploitive economies of religion and government.
This suggests, to me, that Socialism is to be preferred over Capitalism.
“All the believers were of one heart and mind, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in common. And the apostles were giving testimony with great power to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on all of them. For there was not a needy person among them, because all those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet. This was then distributed for each person’s basic needs." (Acts 4:32-35)