Some time ago, I posted a question asking what responsibilities I had for ministering to the social/physical needs of those who were outside the covenant community of Christ. My question was too obviously vague and the Idea didn’t take. Several days later I deleted it.


I have been doing a lot of (much needed) grazing at a blog run by Scot McKnight called JesusCreed. ( Scot is a professor at a Christian College in the Chicago area. His blog is doing daily reviews on some books which are on the cutting edge of Christian thought. One of those books is “Everything Must Change” by Brian Mclaren. Much of the chatter on that blog is attempting to get an understanding about the “Emergent” church that Brother McLaren is promoting and comparing that with “conventional” Evangelical thought.


I have through the years been frequently vexed at what appeared to be our inability to make a life altering change for the adherents of our churches. There has been an ongoing conviction that ‘something must change.’ I am not convinced that ‘everything’ must, however. We have probably also been too critical of ourselves and frequently oblivious of the good we have accomplished in the name of our Lord Jesus during the last two thousand years.


Now to my question: One of the recurring ideas in Emergent thought is Christians being “subversive” to the kingdom of this age and ushering in the Kingdom Of God. “Thy kingdom come…” I find myself being firmly in favor of this thinking until it appears that the Emergents are talking about being ‘subversive’ in a physical sense that effects society and government in general. I am especially troubled when it appears they use the command to ‘love our neighbor’ as a scriptural basis for promoting a socialist agenda in our government. This concerns me.


To love is to give. Christians have been, and indeed ought to be, the biggest givers in the world. I don’t want to be one of those who ‘seek to justify themselves’ by asking “Who then is my neighbor.” I just am having trouble seeing much in the New Testament that speaks about gifting that goes much beyond the Household of Faith.


My question: Is there a scriptural basis for distribution of wealth to the world at large?