As birth rates across the West are declining largely because of secularist ideas, the Italian government is now incentivizing families to have more children.
It’s the same across the West (and many other nations as well): birth rates are rapidly declining. Italy reportedly has the lowest birth rate in Europe, and according to a new report, is headed for a “‘demographic’ crisis” due to the lack of children being born. Nearly one-quarter of the population is 65 or older, and deaths have surpassed births in Italy for well over a decade . . . and that’s just expected to continue to rise.
The report states:
The age structure of the population already shows a high imbalance in favor of the older generations and there are currently no factors that might suggest a reversal of this trend . . .
Demographic forecasts show that there is little likelihood of a turnaround in the number of births in the years to come.
The Italian government is trying to increase the birth rate by offering financial incentives to families with children, but will this help? Perhaps a little, but likely not much because the ultimate reason many couples are choosing not to have children isn’t economic—it’s religious!
You see, generations have been raised with man’s word as their foundation rather than God’s Word. By and large, the younger generations now hold to the religion of secular humanism. And in this religion, man is the authority (“god”) and man sets the rules. As part of indoctrinating generations into humanism, children and young people have been taught that their happiness is paramount, that children hold you back from education and a successful career, that children are expensive, that catastrophic climate change supposedly paints a bleak future, and that abortion is an essential human right. It’s a focus on self—selfishness. In other words, children aren’t gifts to be treasured—they’re a disposable “choice” some people will make.
It’s thinking like this that likely has resulted in the declining birth rate in Italy, as well as here in America (where only 18% of households are a married mother and father with children). But it’s not surprising! Satan hates the family.
The family is the first and most fundamental of all human institutions ordained by God. It is the unit God uses to transmit a spiritual legacy to coming generations and to impact the world with the message of God’s Word and the gospel.
The family is the first and most fundamental of all human institutions ordained by God. It is the unit God uses to transmit a spiritual legacy to coming generations and to impact the world with the message of God’s Word and the gospel. God made the first family (a true family) when he created the first male and female and told them to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). The family has come under immense attack by abortion and the LGBTQ movement as so many politicians pass policies that are destructive to families.
As Christians, we should have a very different view of children. They are gifts, given to us by God, for us to teach and train in the way of righteousness.
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! (Psalm 127:3–5)
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