In a world filled with constant challenges, the Church is called to be active, recognising that our adversary is anything but passive. The enemy doesn’t despise us individually; he hates what we represent collectively as followers of Christ. The battle is real, and it’s actively waged against us.
The prevailing culture encourages timidity, urging believers to be passive in expressing their faith. However, if works don’t qualify us, why should they disqualify us? Our faith is meant to be dynamic, not dormant. How often do we find ourselves tolerating, rather than boldly proclaiming what is right, for fear of offending? Matthew 11:12 reminds us that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. We’re called to actively engage with the world, not conforming to its ways but working within the systems we find ourselves in.
Reflecting on the pool of Bethesda, we see the danger of passive faith – waiting without action. Likewise, potential alone is insufficient; we must step into our calling and actively pursue the purpose for which we were created.
Christians are called to imitate Jesus, the epitome of active Christianity. An active faith draws attention, and in a world that often remains indifferent to our passivity, we are reminded in Matthew 24:9 that we will be persecuted for our faith. The apostle Peter warns us to be vigilant in 1 Peter 5:8, emphasising the need to stand firm against the adversary. John 16:33 reassures us that though we face challenges, in Christ, we have overcome the world.
In the journey of faith, confrontation is inevitable. Let us not be passive spectators but active participants in the unfolding narrative of God’s redemptive plan. Embrace active Christianity, for in it, we find strength, purpose, and the fulfilment of our divine calling.