One of the benefits of our Christian Holi(y)days, is the opportunity to draw aside and re-evaluate our lives, and the contribution we can make to the purposes of God.
The last century has seen an unprecedented decline in the influence of the Gospel in the market places of the world. Previous centuries have enjoyed the fruit of such influence.
Such decline has not been from any lack in the Gospel itself -- it always remains "the power of God unto salvation" -- but rather from the decline in the faith of the Christians.
The doctrine of the imminent return of Christ has made a major contribution to the ineffectiveness of Evangelical Christians. Some extremes of the doctrine suggest that Christian involvement in the market place is futile.
There is a refreshing wind of faith stirring in the hearts of some Christians; some are returning to the orthodox doctrine of the victory of Christ and His Church, in time and on earth, through the proclamation of the Gospel, prior to Christ's Second Coming.
Such faith will shake the foundations laid in the Twentieth Century, and shape the foundations that will be laid in the Twenty-first Century. This is the kind of contribution that I wish to make in the coming period of time.