O u r C a lling 17 poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Mammon is the enemy of love. It drives some to build up individual fortunes while millions lead lives of misery. As a force within economic systems, it breeds exploi­tation, fraud, materialism, injustice, and war. All that serves mammon opposes the rule of God. A person who keeps anything for himself disregards Jesus’ commandment to his followers to give up their private property. He has taken something intended by God for the use of all and claimed it for himself. In obedience to Christ, we trust in God for every- thing, including our material needs. None of us owns anything personally, and our communal property belongs not to us as a group but to the cause of Christ in church community.* In this, we follow the example of Christ and his itinerant community of disciples, who kept a common purse. 19 Love of neighbor demands that we stand with the mistreated, the voiceless, and the oppressed. We are bound to confront public and private wrong boldly with the authority of the gospel, just as Jesus did. He himself was born in poverty and died the death of a criminal. His kingdom is especially for the poor and lowly, and he promises that when he returns, the last will be first and the first will be last. * Peter Walpot, “Article 3: True Surrender and Christian Community of Goods,” in The Great Article Book (Großes Artikelbuch, ca. 1577). Jas 5:1–6; 1 Jn 2:15–17 Jer 22:13–17 Ezek 28:1–19; Rev 18 Amos 5:11–24 Matt 5:42 1 Jn 3:16–18 Luke 12:13–34 Exod 16:13–21 Luke 6:24–36; 16:19–31 Matt 6:25–34; Exod 16 Acts 4:32 John 12:6; 13:29 Is 58:6–10; Prov 14:31; 19:17 Pss 72:1–4; 146:1–10 Luke 13:31–32 Matt 23:13–36 Luke 1:46–55 Mark 10:31