Speaking of the early church's willingness to suffer persecution with an attitude of love, grace and forgiveness, the director of Voice of the Martyrs writes this in the June issue:
"The fact that early Christians were beaten and many times lost their property was only an additional reason to rejoice in faith. We realize that greedy Romans were not converted by greedy Christians."
As Jesus pointed out anyone can love someone who treats her well. Even heathens do that. What marks us as different is our love for enemies and how we respond to evil with good. The early church was an effective witness because of its response to adversity. We should ask, are people today not seeing Christ in us because like them, we are also greedy?