Passivity is a Plague Among Christians (Feeling Spiritual for Not Doing Anything)

“When it comes to most of our daily decisions, and even a lot of life’s ‘big’ decisions, God expects and encourages us to make choices, confident that He’s already determined hot to fit our choices into His sovereign will.  Passivity is a plague among Christians.  It’s not just that we don’t do anything; it’s that we feel spiritual for not doing anything.  We imagine that our inactivity is patience and sensitivity to God’s leading.  At times it may be; but it’s also quite possible that we are just lazy.  When we hyper-spiritualize our decisions, we can veer off into impulsive and foolish decisions.  But more likely as Christians we fall into endless patterns of vacillation, indecision, and regret.  No doubt, selfish ambition is danger to Christians, but so is complacency, listless wandering, and passivity that pawns itself off as spirituality.  Perhaps our inactivity is not so much waiting on God as it is an expression of the fear of man, the love of the praise of man, and disbelief in God’s providence.”

— Kevin DeYoung, Just Do Something: How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc., p.51-52.

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