I was reading through Acts chapter 2 this morning about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and reflecting on the relationship between religion and social justice.
Here we read about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which causes the Disciples who were there to speak in other languages, with much joy. This causes some social disruption as a crowd of tourists gather after hearing them, causing them to ask
What is going on here, for we hear them speaking in our own languages the mysteries of God…
While some mock them saying they were drunk; others listened to their message and become believers of Christ. These first believers were visitors to Jerusalem.
Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Act 2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, Act 2:11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians–we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” Act 2:12
Peter teaches them about Christ who offers the free gift of salvation to all who believe. Young, old, male, female, slave and free…It was these same visitors who later began the practice of selling their goods and possessions and distributing them among all who had need.
And all who believed were together and had all things in common. Act 2:45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. Act 2:46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
It’s here we see the first time a coming together of people from many nations, sharing meals, sharing their lives, and people even selling their goods and possessions for the betterment of each other.