Now 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. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There 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. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.- Acts 4:32-35
This sounds a bit like socialism and in fact it might be biblical socialism. To be sure free-market principles which are supposed to drive our economy are based more on greed than in taking care of our neighbors. The Old and New Testaments regularly describe the kind of relationship we ought to have with our neighbors. This description from the Book of Acts is one of my favorites, for it describes a society of love based on the ideals of Jesus. This might be true Christianity. Wouldn’t this kind of display in our town squares and even on the lawns of our churches be more poignant than a creche? What is the real impact of the birth of the Christ? The Incarnation is about love. Christ came into this world because of God’s love for his creation.