Acts 4:32-3532Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
There’s all sorts of reasons to avoid this passage from the Bible. There’s all sorts of reasons to just pass it off and dismiss it as early church myth and post-Easter (Pentecost) fanaticism. First of all, it goes completely against our modern individualism and phobia of anything that could be labeled socialism.
Now if that weren’t bad enough there’s a whole other reason to just blithely pass over these words. The reason is that the disciples didn’t just empty out their proverbial pockets, but they emptied out their pains. In order for the family of followers to know what needs to meet, they needed to know what needs existed. I guess that means the Easter resurrection faith ends the shame of pain, the shame of poverty, the shame of sadness, loneliness, pain, and doubts. If Jesus can show his wounds, why can’t we?
Imagine a space–a place and time–where you can come and bring everything you have including the good, the bad, the ugly. Where all sins can be confessed; where there can be repentance work; where joys, ideas, and dreams are expressed. This is true welcome; this is true love; this is church; this is what it is to easter.