Accept Jesus’ sacrifice and receive eternal life in Heaven. Believers join a loving Christian community. One dedicated to caring for each other. The early Christian community pooled its resources so that everyone was taken care of. This was a local, small, and voluntary version of socialism.
Eternal Life is Our Reward
[“S]o that everyone who believes in [Jesus] may have eternal life.”John 3:15
In the Jewish system, there was a continual need for animal and vegetational sacrifices. This was a constant struggle for the Jewish people. They needed to return to the temple in order to atone for their sins. Jesus put an end to regular sacrifice.
Jesus made an ultimate, one time, sacrifice. Jesus’ life was used to purchase the ultimate gift. The eternal Christian reward of life in Heaven.
This is a magnificent sacrifice. We are assured that our debt has been paid. Our sins are forgiven. We have been given eternal life. So how can we show our appreciation for Jesus’ sacrifice?
Christians can follow his precepts and his teachings. We can live a life that Jesus Himself modeled for us. We can be love one another as Jesus loved us. This is a version of Christian socialism.
The Early Church Model: Christian Socialism
There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.Acts 4:34-35
Acts gives us a glimpse into the life and organizational structure of the original Church. It could be regarded as Christian socialism. Today we read that each member of the Church sold their property and donated it. The Church then distributed the proceeds according to the needs of the people.
Isn’t socialism a bad word? Doesn’t the Church condemn it? Yes, and yes. But Christian socialism was different than governmental socialism. What Bernie Sanders and the liberal globalist elites advocate.
Christian socialism was handled on the local level. It wasn’t about taxing all the people forcibly. It was about charity. Those who had donated to those in need. This made sure that all had something.
How does your parish handle charity? Are those with enough giving to those in need? Christians, especially Catholics, are known for the unfailing charity. We are taught at an early age to be charitable to those who have less. In a way, we practice Christian socialism today.
Christian socialism should not be confused with national socialism. I speak of it as a way to understand that we all should care for each other.
Jesus’ example was to share with those in need. This doesn’t negate personal responsibility. When charity is handled at a local level, those in charge can’t prevent fraud. They know who is able, but unwilling to work. The pastor can talk to someone and encourage them to be productive. When it’s done on a national level, lots of people get lazy and take advantage.
5 Things About Christian Socialism
- Christian socialism was modeled by first-century Christians, as seen in the Bible.
- Christian socialism was handled on the local level.
- Christian socialism was not taxed but was wealth given freely.
- Christian socialism is following Jesus’ example.
- Christian socialism holds accountable those able, but unwilling, to work.