Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/06/22 by Pastor Steve Shields.
The cross is the crux of our faith. The cross is where forgiveness was purchased. The cross is where our old self died. The cross is where we are called to die daily.
Escapism is the tendency to want to avoid stress, difficulty, pain, heartache, and responsibility at all all cost.
Everyone feels like escaping occasionally. Escaping can be healthy as Jesus shows when He would get away from the crowds and connect with the Father.
Escaping is unhealthy when it becomes avoidance. It can show up as procrastination, over-indulgence in hobbies or unhealthy dependence.
Escapism feels like relief in the moment. Humankind struggles with laziness. Satan deceives us into avoiding responsibility.
How do we get off the escapism extension?
We can pursue wisdom. We can face life’s challenges head on. First, we can take it to the cross!