A recent news article said,
Couples in the world's five biggest developed economies - the United States, Japan, Germany, France and the United Kingdom - had 350,000 fewer babies in 2012 than in 2008, a drop of nearly 5 percent. The United Nations forecasts that women in those countries will have an average 1.7 children in their lifetimes. Demographers say the fertility rate needs to reach 2.1 just to replace people dying and keep populations constant. - (link to article)
Economic fear and a pessimistic view of the future is part of the reason for the birth rate decline. But what is just as true is the lack of value placed upon what the Bible teaches about families. The promises of the covenant are no longer believed, and the value of having a large family as the Lord allows is not understood while the cost of doing so is still recognized.
The good news is that as Christians reclaim the promises of the covenant and have kids, faithfully train them up in the Lord, we are able to make huge gains in the discipleship of our countries in just a couple of generations. Of course that means you have to believe that there are a couple of generations left.
And we have been told to believe these promises for a thousand generations.