“We who valued above all things the acquisition of wealth and possessions, now bring what we have into a common stock, and communicate to everyone in need; we who hated and destroyed one another, on account of their different manners would nto live with men of a different tribe, now . . . live familiarly with them, and pray for our enemies, and endeavor to persuade those who hate us unjustly to live in conformity to the good precepts of Christ, to the end that they may become partakers with us of the same joyful hope of a reward from God the ruler of all.”
– Justin Martyr (100 – 165 CE), First Apology
Can we say the same for our churches today?