Is What Europe So Defiantly Does Not Want
A large family, with seven kids, moved to a new city. They were having a hard time finding an apartment in which to live. Many apartments were big enough, but the landlords objected to the large family. After several days of searching, the father asked the mother to take the four younger children to visit the cemetery, while he took the older three to find an apartment. After they had looked most of the morning they found a place that was just right. Then the landlord asked the usual question: “How many children do you have?” The father answered with a deep sigh, “Seven…but four are with their dear mother in the cemetery.” Europe is aging faster than any other continental region in the world and in no European country is this being seen more than in that of Germany. The last time there were more Germans born than Germans buried was well over forty years ago, back in 1972. Current forecasts are that by 2050, Europe’s most populous nation will be reduced in population by one-third, going from 82,000,000 to 55,000,000. And of that 55,000,000, 1 out of 6 Germans then will be over age 80 (compared to a today ratio of 1 out of 20). The facts are that Europe’s largest and richest nation is becoming a country of old men, and even assembly lines there are being redesigned to minimize bending and lifting for the rapidly aging and greying workforce.
How ironic that Nazi Germany, which devastated the continent in search of lebensraum (living space) for its burgeoning population, is now a nation headed towards having an unpopulated area larger than that of the former communist East Germany. Already a number of their small communities are becoming ghost towns with vacant homes
having overgrown yards, boarded-up windows and sewage systems too empty to work. And it’s not as if the government hasn’t tried to reverse the trend, by enticing young families with countless dollars in child benefits, but it’s not working. Last year Germany had its lowest birth rate ever. And a recent survey showed that one-quarter of all young German men considered the perfect family size to be that of zero children. This is why Germany’s emergence as the European country most open to immigrants is not the surprise as portrayed by many reporters and commentators. The nation desperately needs these foreigners because it’s demographic decline is the greatest in all of the EU (European Union). And even those in Germany who have vehemently protested Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy of open borders, are the same ones who will soon have no pension if a young work force cannot be found to fund these old-age pensions through paying taxes. The bottom line? Why are there so few babies in Germany’s maternity wards? The answer is religion, or the lack thereof. You see, German youth are leaving the church in droves and trading in their religious heritage for modern secularism. And as one historian put it, “Archaeologists have yet to find a single example of a society that became secularized and maintained its birth rate over the subsequent century.” To put it simply – empty pews, empty cradles. “Psalm 127:1-5″