Sharing in common has gotten a bad rep-as the image of a 60's type hippie commune makes its way into our consciousness! It can be off putting to a generation who remember the peace sign, the "luv" and the drugs!
But sharing is a concept worth considering as a fund raising paradigm.
As fund raisers we emphasize "giving." And well we should. It's a biblical emphasis-a promised blessing when we give.
But there's certainly as much emphasis on "sharing." Paul described the early church in Acts 2:44 as "believers together who had everything in common. . .together with glad and sincere hearts."
In fact, Ephesians 4:28 is as radical as the 60s when it comes to a cultural paradigm. Paul says to the church at Ephesus: "Do something with your own hands so that you may have something to share with those in need." There's nothing in Paul's imperative that suggests we work for financial security. Rather that we work-so we can share with others.
We could use a lot more of that kind of sharing, that kind of community.
In these tough economic times, many are suffering-not because they haven't worked hard, or because they're uneducated or uninformed or irresponsible. Any one of us may find ourselves in a position of need. It's a time to be "believers together--in common."
Granted, "sharing" is a nuance of "giving"--but it's a message that deserves pondering!