From a television personality saying that the poor are lazy to a megachurch pastor teaching that wealth is a blessing from God, in the West todayâ€”especially in the United Statesâ€”Christianity is often associated with individualism, capitalism, and personal profit. I personally believe that Christians are called to a different standard. Being Christian should mean following Jesusâ€™ example todayâ€”it should beÂ missional and based inÂ radical discipleship. This means that we should look to the example of Jesus and try to bring his example into our context today.
The early followers of Jesus were far removed from our American culture of rigid individualism and capitalism. On the one hand, they came from a pre-modern society, and on the other hand, they practiced a radical form of communityâ€”one that is described throughout the New Testament and several early church documents, and has been revived many times throughout church history. (more…)