Christianity as Community

What does the community that corresponds to the triune God and lives in him look like? We find the classic text for this in Acts 4:32-37:

“The company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common…There was not a needy person among them.”

This so-called early Christian communism was not a social programme; it was the expression of the new Trinitarian experience of sociality. These Christians put their community above the individual and above their individual private possessions.

They no longer needed these possessions in order to make their lives secure. In the spirit of the resurrection their fear of death disappeared, and with it the greed for life. And so they had enough, more than enough.

This community ends the competitive struggle which turns people into lonely individuals, and the social frigidity of a heartless world disappears. What comes to an end with this community is also ‘the strong hand’ of the state, which forcibly keeps people from becoming a ‘wolf’ for someone else. This community can settle its affairs by itself.

~Jurgen Moltmann, Sun of Righteousness Arise!, 162.

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