Alec Bachlow wrote:"Sell all of your goods and property and put the money in a common purse- where all members of the church can come an take as needed" Some pretty nice common wealth happening in the original Christian movement...Try going to the Vatican who has stored up a hundred trillion dollars of the the late 1800 years..You would think they would have remembered the last part- "take as needed" - Try asking the Pope or your local Anglican minister for some rent money- You are going to get a smile and a blessing..........that's it...organized Christianity loves to collect money- but they sure don't like to give it up.
Those are Lifeboat Rules that were made when the return of Jesus was expected instanter. That's the way you live when you have a terminus ad quem. It's been more than 2,000 years now and if we were still living in a lifeboat we'd all be dead and our bones would be dust.
By the way, I object to your indiscriminate slopping of Tar over all us Christians. There are some of us that hew to Matthew Chapter 6 and do not blow trumpets and beat drums when we practice our charity. Lots of us in these parlous times have family that need our help first above everyone else. Give us a break.
Oh, and here's a story that I saw with my own eyes on Bloor West, at "Bread and Roses" one afternoon.
A man was begging at the outdoor tables and mostly being ignored or told to move along. He came up to an elderly, frail looking lady, who took out a little change purse and extracted two dimes and a nickel and handed them to him. The beggar said, "Sure you can spare it?" in a rather tired, sharpish voice.
"No," she said quietly, "I can't. But it's the right thing to do."
The man said nothing for a couple of breaths. Then he touched his hat and said, "Thank you, ma'am" and walked on.