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The US is so consumed with inflation, the midterm elections, and the constant tension of radical social battles, that hardly anyone is reporting on the conditions in Europe 2022.
The European continent is experiencing the worst drought in 500 years. Some have reported that the drought is so bad that ancient, medieval towns once underwater are resurfacing! The olive crops in Spain, their main source of revenue, are drying up. Headlines about the worst drought ever hitting Spain are in the news.
“Half of the water produced in the desalination plant is used to water the crops here. Spain produces more fruit and vegetables than any other country in the European Union.” This story is dated August 29. (Two-thirds of Europe is under some sort of drought warning, in what is likely the worst such event in 500 years.)
The latest report from the Global Drought Observatory says 47% of the continent is in “warning” conditions, meaning soil has dried up.” The report warns that the situation is worsening in countries including Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Romania, Hungary, northern Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, Ireland, and the UK. The researchers’ stark warning follows rapidly-sinking river levels across Europe, which have exposed relics of the past — including so-called “hunger stones” warning of potential famine and the sunken remains of World War Two Nazi ships.” (Europe’s drought the worst in 500 years – report.)
Along with historic record heat and drought, Europe’s energy resources are drying up too. Russia is turning off the gas. Embracing Green Energy being pushed by the World Economic Forum, turning away from traditional sources while experiencing mass energy problems is throwing the Europeans into a panic, dimming the lights at major tourist destinations like the Eiffel Tower and London Bridge in desperation. Fear of a heat shortage this winter prompted emergency talks to free up funds by the European Union and protests are already starting. So an energy crisis in Europe, while at the same time, the massive push to all electric vehicles? Add a major conflict between Russia and Ukraine, with satellite countries fearing a spillover, is prompting Poland to arm up. (European ministers will hold an emergency meeting this month on measures to lower surging energy prices across the EU.)
I wonder if the fact that Christian Europe, which has been withering for some time, is now seeing and feeling the consequences of turning away from God and embracing the new secular, post-modern, technocratic systems. Along with the barren ground, some of which used to be holy ground, the faith of many has grown cold, drying up, and turning to dust. The abandonment of the faith has forced the closures of many churches and monasteries in recent years, turning them into secular spaces of work and amusement. The following article warned of this decline in 2015. Enter 2022. Seven years after that warning, a devastating drought, following a major pandemic, and now a serious energy crisis.
Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Naftali Bendavid describes empty churches that entrepreneurs and city officials have repurposed as skateboard parks, gymnastic training arenas, museums, supermarkets, gyms, and even bars. But it’s a trend that can’t continue indefinitely. These rapidly emptying church buildings, though, are only a symbol of Europe’s true spiritual decline.
The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary predicts that five years from now, the number of Christians in Western Europe will have fallen by almost 23 percent since 1970. And actual attendance is abysmal, with less than 2 percent of the population darkening the door of a church on a regular basis in Britain, France, or Germany.
According to the European Values Study reported by The Christian Post, half of the population in many areas of Europe never attend religious services. And Germany, a country with one-quarter the population of the United States, is home to 10 times as many atheists. (Europe’s Abandoned Churches a Warning for America.)
In seven years, Western Civilization has wholeheartedly embraced the new Woke Agenda, with its multi-genderism, and replaced worshiping God with worshiping Self and Planet Earth. The world has openly and boldly rejected our Creator, so is Creation now rejecting us? Devastating drought, fires, food shortages, mass censorship, war, strange viruses, and energy shortages seem to be encompassing Europe and other countries at a rapid rate, causing tremendous suffering and hardship that we have not even begun to realize.
Is the dimming light of our souls and spiritual lives coinciding with the dimming and coming darkness we see descending across the world? Is this a wake-up call?Published in