Belgium has a population on 11 million people and the country became a nation in 1830 as a constitutional monarchy, but was deeply divided along linguistic lines. The nation has been a fully federal constitution since 1993 to reduce tensions between Walloons and Flemings and to stave off possible national fragmentation. Effective national government has been in a state of paralysis for years due to intransigent parties in a succession of failed coalition governments. Distrust, weariness and apathy characterize Belgians’ attitudes toward the federal government. Regional governments are much more effective and trusted due to the lack of language differences.
Rapid secularization has allowed the introduction of several very liberal laws that are an affront to a biblical understanding of the sanctity of life, sexuality and marriage.These both reflect and encourage an erosion of the moral foundations of society, coinciding with widespread recreational drug use, sexual immorality and occult and New Age activities.
In all these needs of prayer it is important to be thankful for all the prayers that has been answered: The growth of evangelical believers has been sustained over many years.While only at a modest 1.2% of the population, evangelical faith in Belgium has never been stronger.While growth is most prominent among Pentecostals, the more conservative churches in Flanders and Wallonia see an increase through determined church planting and relational witness. And while most of the nation struggle with working together as one nation, unity and cooperation among the many Protestant and evangelical have made great strides in the last decade.