June 5, 2013


            I thought I had coined a new word, but no; “escapism” is already in the dictionary.  The definition is “habitual resorting to entertainment to avoid facing reality.”  It is also a tendency to avoid all that we don’t want to face.  It is a close relative of laziness.  Proverbs 21:25 says, “The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.”

The one who resorts to escapism finds excuses for not doing what he knows he should do.  In the book of Proverbs we find some excuses that men use.  Proverbs 22:13 says, “The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.” Proverbs 20:4 says, “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.” In Proverbs 26:16 there is another one. “The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.”

Lying is a common form of escapism.  Some people call their work place and say they are sick when they don’t want to go to work.  Lying is a common way to avoid facing reality.

Another form of escapism is to do as little as possible.  It may be that you can say, “I did what I was told to do.” Maybe so, but afterwards you could have swept the floor and put the tools away.  Doing as little as possible will never get you any promotions.

Those who practice escapism don’t work well on a team.  As much as possible, they let others do the work.

Escapism leads us to defeat and shame.  It is like the desire of the slothful that kills him. (Proverbs 21:25)  As a child he made no effort to get an education.  That left him with little to offer when he went out to look for work.  He is envious of those who have more than he does, but it is what results from escapism.

If you have a tendency to escape from responsibility, there is hope for you, but not if you continue to practice escapism.  You need to recognize it as sin and ask God to forgive you.  Unfortunate are those who reach retirement age after having practiced escapism all their life.  They can still change, but there is no way they can recover what they lost.  If you are still a teen ager, it is of utmost importance that you renounce escapism.  Confess the sin of escapism to God and ask for his forgiveness.  Then ask him to help you be diligent.  Consider what God’s Word says in Proverbs 10:4.  “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.” Read also Ecclesiastes  9:10.  “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” Claim the promise of Philippians 4:13.  “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

The ways of practicing escapism mentioned above don’t constitute an exhaustive list.  There are many ways to do it.  To get victory over the various forms of escapism that you are practicing, you need to go down the list, one by one, and recognize that it is wrong.  In your heart you need to admit that God isn’t pleased with it.  Put those things on your list of things you don’t do.  That way, when you are faced with the temptation, you will automatically say to yourself, “I can’t do that with a good conscience.  Therefore, I won’t do it.”






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