And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Act 2:42-47 NKJ)
There’s theology, spirituality, and then there’s the non-God stuff, such as economics, and ecology. Actually, words like ecclesia (a church or congregation), economics and ecology all come from the same Greek root oikos meaning household. The household has shrunk from the town, village to just my house, my apartment, and yet paradoxically we are more aware and more exposed to information. The truth is that as a Christian we need to realize that God is in everything, the church, economics, and the environmental, and not in just your household but the whole world.
So instead of collecting material things and stuff, we should be sharing what we have excess of. On the global scale, we should be asking our government, ‘is it really good stewardship to waste $30 million on a military march through Washington DC, when we could feed every homeless veteran? How about spending between $16 – $25 billion on a wall? How could we impact some of our social ills with that money?
So perhaps this lent we should look at why we need to buy that new toy, new computer, phone or car or fill the garage with junk? What does God want it His house?