We should not be talking right now. According to the naysayers who predicted Christianity's demise by the year 2000, we should not even be here.
In 1917 Communist officials declared in St. Petersburg, Russia, that by the twenty-first century the entire world would embrace Communism, and the Christian faith would cease to exist. In the 1930s the Nazi regime declared that they would outlast the followers of Jesus. In the 1960s, rock musicians – "We're more popular than Jesus now" – boasted that by the turn of the century they would receive more praise and adulation than the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost combined.
We are well into the twenty-first century. Lenin is entombed; the Third Reich is dead; The Beatles are gone, but the church of Jesus Christ is still alive and well! Why do we continue to grow, even in the midst of adversity and persecution? Simply stated, we thrive because we are centered. We are centered in a way no other movement can be. We have Christ as the center of our church.