"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.
Published by Ken Castor
Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor. View all posts by Ken Castor