The link below will take you to a short clip about what some call the “Demigraphic Winter”. (I like the typo, because, of course, it does not tell the whole story. The actual word is “demographic”.) It describes the decline in population among First World countries and the rise in population of those in the Second and Third World; but particularly focuses on Muslims, and predicts their “conquering” of Europe and America, within the next century simply by force of numbers.
There is also the obligatory call to arms at the end. “Do something,” my father used to say as we sat, bored and lazy teenagers, around the house, waiting for the paint to dry and complaining. “Do something, even if it’s wrong!” Of course for many people the time is long gone to do anything at all. All around us is the evidence that we have ignored the wise advice…was it a command?…of our Creator to be fruitful and multiply, to fill the Earth.
It started long ago when, in England I think, at one of the Lambeth Conferences, the Anglican Communion endorsed various methods of contraception among married couples. Of course it was only to be used for “grave” reasons.
The gravity of the reason is, of course, a matter of individual conscience (I am tempted to say “master of individual conscience”), and hilarious in the contemplation of its many circumstances. “Emmm, Algernon, dear, Henry is to be delayed at Commons this evening; something about that nasty Hitler fellow. And Millicent, I know, told me she would be at the Symphony. Isn’t that so? Have we a grave enough reason for you to swing round for a short time? I’m dying for another evening like last Thursday.”
I know it is now almost considered a sin to speak against such a thing, and I apologize to all those to whom I have to give offense.
Following on the heels of the Anglicans, various Protestant main line churches discovered the same liberality of approach was the decent thing to do, and gravely followed suit. (Pun intended) Married couples could enjoy themselves more when not worried about another mouth to feed. Women especially need not fear another dangerous pregnancy placing themselves and their children in jeopardy. This was a good thing for loving couples. Not mentioned, of course, was the fact that it was also a good thing for Adultery. But that’s of no consequence in this discussion…or is it?
About the only voice in the West which still spoke against contraception was the Catholic Church’s voice. There was great hope that it would open itself to seeing the wisdom of such a thing until Humanae Vitae hit the fan, as it were. Oral contraceptives had only recently become available, and many thought that the Catholics would finally see in them a natural means of avoiding what has come to be viewed by many, including people in high places, as a “punishment”…pregnancy. Of course with the advances in obstetric science and fertility enhancements and such like, if one has enough money one need never become pregnant at all. Simply rent a womb and grow a kid.
Fade to black as they say in the movies, and come up on today. Or, perhaps it is better to stay in the black, because a certain bleakness confronts us, as the film clip demonstrates. Like leaves on the trees in a cold autumn wind birth rates all over the “liberated” west are dropping. At the same time, abortion, venereal disease, divorce and un-wed, single parent families are rising. In some places of this country, and in some whole countries, the number of children born to un-wed mothers exceeds the number born into two parent families (two parents of the opposite sex, that is). That one needs to make mention of that is a further symptom of the self-destructive madness of this diseased and self-indulgent end of the age.
Is this, then the time to go into a comfortable room, listen to the soft breezes and take a healthy draught of hemlock?
No, now is the time to re-visit the Demigraphics, because they do not tell the whole story. It is true of course that the total number of people being born in western nations is not enough to sustain the population. It is true that Muslim populations grow at an amazing rate. What is not mentioned are two things: In the first place, Christianity has not been erased in Muslim nations, though it has nowhere near the freedom that Islam has in the west. Even where it has been persecuted by Muslim rulers and societies, it has endured. Witness its return in places like Albania and Kosovo. In the second place, there are segments of western populations where the demographics show an increase in population. All of them are counter cultural: Home schooling families, Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christians, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hasidic Jews and God help us, “traditional” Roman Catholics.
So, follow the link, think about the message and then contemplate this. Two galaxies collide. Their component stars mix and mingle and what evolves centuries later resembles neither of the two original galaxies. Is that to be? What may a late 3rd Century pagan Roman have thought about Christianity?
The accuracy of that prediction is on the same level as the accuracy of the numbers in the video clip at the link below. But the truth is that there is a galaxy, and it is on a collision course with our own “galaxy”. The truth also is that there is Truth. What has been happening these last short eighty years is a lie and a self imposed Babylonian exile from the Truth. Shall our exile continue, or come to and end? May we find ourselves saying with Daniel, “We have in our day no prince prophet or leader,… no place to find favor with you…?”
We have been following my father’s dictum. And that’s wrong. What is needed is Daniel’s advice. We must “..(F)ollow You..with our whole hearts,and pray to You.” That will be doing something right, no matter what may come.