Hosea 4:16a For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer:

In the military a fallback position is determined in case the attack goes bad. The fallback position is one that means security, defensible, supported.

Backslider is one of those negative terms used in Christianity to identify a person who has returned to sin. We do not want to be a backslider, we definitely don’t want to be called a backslider. The treatment of backsliders in the Old Testament is harsh. All you have to do is read Hosea 4:17 to feel a real sense of insecurity, vulnerability, aloneness.

How are we to avoid backsliding? Emotionally I can only see the need for establishing new safe ground, a fallback position of security which doesn’t involve sin. Trust in the Lord. Sounds good, sounds right, but emotionally like all things human, trust is built over time. Not because God has changed, but because we have changed. Being this new creation in Christ is exactly that, new. With all things new they need to be explored to see them for what they are and how they work. That takes time and effort on our part. We cannot blindly say “I have faith.”

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Substance and evidence need to be examined and understood in order for faith to be trusted. That takes time and effort on our part. It establishes newer and better safe ground, a new fallback position that doesn’t involve sin. Hidden in Christ.

Blind Faith was a band in the 70’s and has nothing to do with faith.


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