In the video clip below Pastor Joel Webbon thinks the West has lost the will to live. Lets explore that a little more.
Video from Right Response Ministries
The West Has Lost The Will To Live - Is This True?
Jonah Goldberg wrote a book, The Suicide of the West, which borrows its title from a 1964 book by the conservative political theorist James Burnham. Both books ruminate on how “the rebirth of tribalism, populism, nationalism, and identity politics is destroying American democracy.”
Suicide of the West argues all of the good things we enjoy in the West today (high living standards, long life expectancies, a reasonable degree of social and political freedom) are the products of capitalism/liberalism which Goldberg refers to as “the Miracle", an “unplanned and glorious accident”
This however is a secular view devoid of God.
As Christians we know that there are no glorious accidents. What we as a nation have accomplished and who we are is not an accident but through the providential power of Christ on human history. We understand that God is in control of history and that sinful nations/peoples cannot undermine this fact. It is beyond evident that on the Earth sin and its curse are present, it is also a fact that it is contained, diminished and judged. “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” (1 John 5:19).
The very reality that our nation and the world is coming apart is testimony that liberlism is often extreme with individualism, sexual freedom, trans-genderism to name a few as leading examples of our self-destructive behavior.
We should know that we learn nothing from history and all the nations that have fallen before us are filled with these same sins. We are no exception.
I recommend the book Suicide of the West for helping to clarify our self-destructive thinking and behaviors.