The Christian Way still stands in contrast to the world. Instead of “me first,” it is “us first.” Instead of “hate your enemy,” it is “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:43-44). Instead of “store up treasures on earth,” it is “store up treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-20). In the Crowdsourced Christianity of first-century Jerusalem, Christians worked together to help those in need. Rather than the church being split into factions, “the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul” (Acts 4:32). They did not hoard possessions, but instead “everything they owned was held in common” (v. 32). Rather than the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, “there was not a needy person among them,” because they pooled their resources and distributed aid “to each as any had need” (vv. 34-35).
- Acts 4:32-35