This is my last blog post for Live58. I have really enjoyed blogging for them and hope you will go look at how they are ending extreme poverty.
Ever since middle school, I have always been smitten with the early Church. Acts 2 says they sold all of what they had, donated the money, and as a result no one was in need. If you think about it, the early Church essentially ended poverty, at least among themselves. I remember my friends and I marveling over that idea.
In college, my yearning for the early Church days became more extreme. If today’s Church would act more like the early Church, I mused, we would run out of room in our pews! Come on people, sell and share, sell and share, that is what the Church is about.
Now that I have a job, a house, two cars and a few pieces of furniture that aren’t secondhand (though they are from IKEA), I have some reservations. Is that really the way the Church is supposed to operate? If I sell my cars, my husband and I cannot afford to go to work. Don’t worry about me selling the house; we won’t have it for much longer.
Then there is my stuff. I like my stuff.
I wonder if selling all my stuff would mean all my stuff.
Does that include the quilt my grandmother made me as a wedding present, my wedding ring, my girls’ teddy bears? I haven’t used the battle cry “Sell and share!” for a very long time, at least not since I had anything of value.
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