One might say our lack of suffering fuels a cycle of meaninglessness
This is Miller’s reflection on Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, one of the books included in http://besidesthebible.com/. Miller goes on to say:
What makes Frankl’s argument so important for the church is its invitation to suffer for the sake of the gospel, indeed, to suffer for something worthwhile, thus providing a sense of meaning to life. Christian leaders, then, should not try to make their congregants more comfortable, but call them into challenges that, by necessity, involve discomfort and even suffering if they are going to shepherd their congregants into more meaningful lives.
I have an untestable hypothesis that we would be better off without the myth of a Christian nation, our 1st World status, and a bit of persecution thrown in.