This is the “follow up” to the previous post (see TED Talk below).
ok…so this was an uncomfortable sermon to preach (more than you know). Why? Because it is about ‘ownership’. I find we have an interesting history with the topic of ‘ownership’. Some of you remember Vanilla Ice and his hit song “Ice Ice Baby”. His career came crashing down shortly after because the bass line used in that hit song had been stolen from another group that wrote it about seven years prior to “Ice Ice Baby” (see this news video to learn more http://youtu.be/1s0hEi8zhmg). We have a culture where ANYTHING can be ‘owned’: a bass line, even a word such as ‘footlong’ which is owned by Subway.
Yet, here in this passage we see an early Christian church dealing with ‘ownership’ as an identifying factor in their identity as ‘church’. The big question is this: How does this play out in 21st century America? The early church, according to this passage, sold what they owned, gave it to those in need and held everything else in common…yes, it says “in common”. Talk about flying in the face of our modern American Capitalist culture!!!!!
I brought this up in the sermon and used some stats from the TED Talk below…then I simply let it all hang out there for the congregation to chew on…I gave NO answers or direction other than this. I simply said that when Jesus becomes a part of our life, when we decide to live “the way”, our entire way of living actually changes. We cannot live as a disciple and have nothing change in our lives. We simply can not.
So…what changes? Ownership? Property? Use and concept of money? What?
What are your thoughts?