In the news we read of the moral failings of many people in relation to sexual harassment and unwanted advances. Whatever it is that you think about that, do you think those accused would like to run away and hide from the accusations if they could? Perhaps some refuse to run away, but instead are determined to stand and fight, looking to expose the accuser of the evil perpetrated wrongly. On the other hand, it’s not unreasonable for those guilty for there to be a strong desire to run away and hide.
It illustrates exactly a principle of life many live with in a church context as well. When trouble brews, then blooms, many want to run away and hide. Why is this? Running away and hiding means one hides self from conflict and heartache. At least, this is intended. No one wants to experience either, but the experiencing of one or both is related, perhaps, to the proverb in Proverbs 18, “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment” (18:1, ESV).
Seeks his own desire – which is what? Hiding from the problem so one does not have to face it. The shame and embarrassment are powerful “tools” that prevents some from owning up and facing a moral failing. Don’t think you are immune from such an unspiritual disposition. Not a one of us, I am sure, believes “I will run away so I don’t have to face it” way of thinking, yet it so often happens to be the ones who boldly state such a conviction quickly departs.
We run away because the embarrassment is great, because one must admit something thought or done was (is) wrong and because one feels so low the lowly one can walk underneath a pregnant ant (if you will)!
Such an approach means the problem is not fixed. Even if one starts afresh elsewhere, the problem at the previous location is not fixed.
The proper solution is to make it right. RT