"Retroactive Faith" is a dangerous way to believe. It is a belief based on God having brought you through a situation… an after-the-fact basis for trust. The opposite of this might be "Proactive Faith" which is a belief based on God being active through an uncertain situation… a before-the-fact and also a during-the-fact basis for trust. It is true that faith is strengthened by history (seeing God's hand at work) and therefore the concept of remembrance is a vital and healthy component to faith. But faith must always be a forward looking unconditional trust given to God for what God will do — even if we are fearful or uncertain of the immediate outcome.
Author: Ken Castor
After thirty years of next-generation ministry, Dr. Ken is balding in his hairline but still bold in his faith. He is the Family and NextGen Pastor at Wooddale Church. He served as the Professor of Youth Ministry at Crown College for over a decade and in nextgen ministry for two decades before that. Ken is the “Blue Letters Editor” of the Award-winning Jesus-Centered Bible, and has authored numerous discipleship resources like Grow Down and Make a Difference. He’s also a nerdy Cubs fan, the founder of NEXT Ministry Conferences, has several Chuck-Taylors, and enjoys living in Minnesota with his brilliantly witty and slightly freezing family.