Escape School

During a visit to a funeral home some time ago, I ran across an interesting bro­chure. It was an advertisement for something called “Escape School.”

Escape School, it turns out, is a community program that teaches child­ren how to keep from becoming victims of kidnapping or assault. That this kind of program is necessary is a sad commentary on our so­ciety. But the danger is real. Many parents can’t even let their children walk to the corner by themselves, fearing they may be abducted by some psycho. I applaud families and communities that teach children how to take steps to protect themselves from molesters and murderers.

Yet a far more deadly enemy stalks the streets every day, and few seem concerned. This enemy is deliberate, intelligent, and al­together evil. Satan “prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Since the dawn of time he has led people in rebellion against God, deluding their minds, deceiving their hearts, and bringing them under Divine judgment.

We lack the power to lock up the Devil and rid our world of his presence, but we need not be his victims. God has provided the means of escape from sin and its consequences in His Son, Je­sus (Romans 8:1). Through His blood we are rescued from the danger of being forever separated from God.

But others need to be rescued, too. In a manner of speaking, our Lord wants every church to be an “escape school.” We are given the duty to teach people how they can escape condemnation through obedient faith in Christ. We work so that they “may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:26).

The danger is real. Souls are at stake. Let’s be busy doing all we can.