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COMMON-ISM IN THE CHURCH


Years ago I ran across this following definition of the various forms of government. They compared capitalism (the economic model we try to follow in our country) with communism and socialism, and they used a simple illustration to drive their point home.

In a capitalist system: You have 2 cows, you sell one, and buy a bull.

Under a socialist government: You have 2 cows, the government takes 1 cow and gives it to your neighbor.

Under a communist government: You have 2 cows, the government takes both of them and gives you part of the milk.

But then, in a government run by US bureaucrats: You have 2 cows, and the government requires you to shoot one, milk the other - and then tells you to pour the milk down the drain.


Communism and Socialism are man-made attempts to remedy the abuses of capitalism. Capitalism has definite advantages when it comes to helping people become wealthy, but once people get rich they often tend to want to stay that way and can oppress poorer folks to get that done. Communism and socialism evolved as a way to rectify the inequities that capitalism can create.


Of course, the problem with both of communism and socialism is that they generally don’t work. And they don’t work because they discourage creativity and are forced on people. People don’t like to be forced to give up their possessions to anybody.


What the early church practiced here was neither socialism nor communism. One preacher called it Commonism (Glenn Durham, sermoncentral.com, in his sermon "Commonism in the Church") They held all things in COMMON because they WANTED to.

It wasn’t imposed upon them by the church.


(From a sermon by Jeff Strite "i-Give" 1/18/2009)

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