Anyone paying attention to the times we live in will know that the West is in terminal decline. We feel it in the air, something bad is coming, some form of reckoning, in 50 years, maybe 5, we see the patterns of death and decline in every open newspaper. Those paying attention will know the reasons why this is the case. Those not paying attention will hardly be convinced by anything I can say but I will allow myself the luxury of one question: considering that Western Civilisation was built on the foundation of Christianity, do you really think that it can survive without Christianity?
Despite the evidence of terminal decline in the church, it is hard enough to persuade churches and Christians to pray against it. Either people pretend there is no decline or pretend that God can do nothing about it. There is even a group of Christians who imply that we somehow deserve the decline due to not embracing whatever crazy wokeness is trending at the moment.
It is hard at this point to say whether we are witnessing the long slow collapse of Western Civilisation or just a blip along the unpredictable path of history. But what can be said is that the central pillars of Western society are under attack: free speech (to the left and the right alike), universal suffrage (to the intellectuals and "the stupid" alike), freedom of conscience (for all religions including those pesky Christians), freedom of the press (for the Daily Mail and Breibart), and rule of law (for rich and the poor).
The traditions of a well ordered society are also under attack, mostly by hypocrites who practice the nuclear family tradition (man and woman, marriage, no divorce), recognising the stability, prosperity and benefits it brings (to children in particular), but preaching and legislating for every other conceivable option other than this tradition. Worse, attacking those who live by the nuclear family and have the gall to preach it too.
Finally the morals of society have been dead and buried for quite a number of years. Good is evil and evil is good and "progress" is nothing more than a byword for evil men to sexually abuse woman. A child is not considered responsible enough to buy alcohol but can choose to delay puberty and identify as a different sex. Women have never been more "valued" by society and never been more exploited and objectified through the porn and sex trade industry. It's never been a better time to be disabled, except if you are in the womb and then you are likely to be killed, as an inferior human being who does not meet the required standards. Right and wrong is this topsy turvy world can change on a daily basis.
This faltering of the West may or may not be terminal, for there is always grounds for hope. But it does force a question to the front of the mind: what can be done about it? The answer is the local church.