The health of Christianity in the West is often measured by church attendance and it sadly reveals a steep decline. Generally speaking, Western society is disenchanted with religion. The alarming violence displayed by Islamic extremism hasn’t helped. However, the abandonment of Christianity creates an ‘open window’ that inevitably leads people to ask questions about the origins of evil. This allows black magic, Satanism, belief in the occult and superstition to creep in. It also creates an ‘open window’ for the replacement of Christianity with other religions.
Many modern Westerners are not Christians. However, Western civilisation has Christian roots. It’s not possible to understand or uphold Western ideas of law, liberty, government, education, family, morality or culture without tracing their connection with the life and teaching of Jesus.
So an attack on Christians anywhere is an attack on the foundations of the Western world. Viewed like that, news of violent attacks on churches – even rather empty ones – in the name of any religion should be clearly seen for what it is.
Closing the window
While Christianity has declined in the West, it has grown steadily in the developing world. The affluence of the Western world has often made Christian religion seem superfluous. Whereas those living a more frugal lifestyle may value the Bible and its message of hope much more highly.
Another reason is that Western society now favours setting its own rules. More and more people in the West prefer to ‘follow the crowd’ rather than be guided by the Bible. The result is confusion and a growing uncertainty about what’s right and what’s wrong.
Many people now don’t accept that their actions should be Bible-based, even though their Creator has provided the Bible to help them live meaningful lives that have direction and purpose:
“Every scripture inspired of God