The repentance Jonah preached is not activism as advocated today. Jonah did not lead a protest march. No pagan empire was ever rebuked, as it is understood today. Neither were the prophets of Israel “Christian activists.” Many a good application for today lies within the story of the Good Samaritan. He modeled a tremendous compassion, which is certainly worthy of emulation and indeed most desperately needed. But to call it “activism,” particularly in the light of today’s usage, is to obscure what the Holy Spirit is teaching. The Samaritan did not pursue the thieves—much less try to reform society.
"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him."