Sunday, October 26, 2008

"You may recognize this famous quote," the Floridia reporter said as she interviewed Joe Biden, "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. That’s from Karl Marx. How is Sen. Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?"

Biden laughed and responded with "Are you joking? Is this a joke? … Or is that a real question?"

What he was too polite to say was "How can we call ourselves a Christian nation and not operate by that principle?" Everytime I hear this socialism charge leveled at Obama and the Democrats, I'm reminded how far we as American Christians have strayed from the model of the original Christian community as described in the second chapter of Acts:

All that believed were together, and had all things in common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, as every person had need. (Acts 2:44-45)

I've never quite grasped the flaw in that concept. Maybe, as some say, it is too Utopian to be practical, but just think how much more peaceful the world would be if we would live that way.

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