As the allegations, admissions, and apologies continue to emerge in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal (and now with a similar story hitting the news regarding The Citadel), many emotions are stirred up, from outrage to sadness. And while numerous things contributed to the course of events that led to so many lives and families being hurt, one negative attribute screams for attention in all this: passivity. The passive response from so many who had a duty to act–the coaching staff, the university, the charity, the police–allowed abuse and exploitation to thrive.
In a sexualized culture, passivity on the part of men and women of God will similarly allow impurity and injustice to flourish. As the statement commonly attributed to Edmund Burke goes, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Or, more importantly, as Scripture puts it, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).
Rejecting passivity is part of the central message brought by Jon Kitna, Eric Boles, and Sean McKay, who have partnered with pureHOPE on several men’s conferences across the country over the past three years. Their message of becoming a R.E.A.L. man (Rejecting passivity, Engaging God, Accepting responsibility, and Leading courageously) is a timely one and central to the pursuit of a pure life.
In this ten-minute segment, Sean invites the men at our 2010 Cincinnati men’s conference to reject passivity and pursue purity in a bold, biblical, and proactive way.[audio https://purehopeblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/my-song-2.mp3]