"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
KEN CASTOR - As a veteran youth pastor, Ken Castor is excellent with a nerf gun and is addicted to caffeine. He is the Professor of Youth Ministry at Crown College in Minnesota, where he started the NEXT Ministry Conferences. Ken speaks across the U.S. and Canada, and has a doctorate focused on passing faith and leadership through the generations. He is the Blue Letters Editor of the award-winning Jesus-Centered Bible and has authored several books like Grow Down and Make a Difference. He lives near Minneapolis with his amazing wife and hilarious kids.