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No Danger?

World Trade JumpThere is a huge difference between “no risk” and calculated risk. When you were a kid and you wanted to do something that seemed risky, what did you tell your parents? “It isn’t dangerous!” Right? But the truth was, you probably just didn’t think through everything that could go wrong. It is called calculating risk, and as we get older and wiser, we tend to get better at it.

But what if we never learn how to properly assess risk? Saying there is “no danger” doesn’t make it true. Everything has some element of danger. But there are always those who refuse to admit the danger. For example, three daredevils were recently caught after doing a base jump off the new One World Trade tower in Manhattan. Their defense? There was “no danger” in what they did!

Despite their plea, they were criminally charged Tuesday with burglary, reckless endangerment (themselves and others), and jumping from a structure. Most sane people would agree that jumping from a 1,776-foot skyscraper involves serious (and potentially unseen) risk. Any number of things could have happened, ending their thrill-seeking night in tragedy. But they have become desensitized to the risks.

Danger is real, very real. And quite often, the risks are greater than we think. New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton charged the men, saying, “These men violated the law and placed themselves, as well as others, in danger,” adding, “being a thrill-seeker does not give immunity from the law.”

Many people are taking the biggest risk possible, every day. If you aren’t a faithful child of God, then each day is riskier than a 1,776 foot base jump…without the parachute!

Have you calculated the risk of eternal separation from God? Have you become desensitized to the danger? Or do you think there is “no danger?” Thrill seekers aren’t immune to the law and neither are we. The law demands death for our sins (Romans 6:23). The danger is real, but the risk can be removed. Live faithfully in Him, and know that you have eternal life in Christ (1 John 5:13).

Jumping Without a Parachute

I am glad to say that I have never had a reason to use a parachute. I dabbled with the idea of skydiving once. In the end, my brain rejected the idea of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. But I am glad to know that if I ever needed a parachute, such a thing was invented and has been shown to work.

If you have ever dropped a plastic army man with a parachute attached, performed a high school egg drop experiment, or ridden Disney’s Parachute Drop Ride, you owe a debt of gratitude to André-Jacques Garnerin, the Frenchman credited with being the first to parachute without a rigid frame on 10/22/1797. Over 200 years ago, Garnerin ascended to 3,200 feet in a hot air balloon before cutting a cord that sent him toward the earth in a basket with an umbrella shaped parachute. He landed safely, though with a few bumps, and the idea that would lead to modern parachutes was born.

Would it surprise you though, if people started skydiving without parachutes? Of course, it happens by accident on occasion. People think they have the right equipment or their equipment doesn’t work. But rarely does anyone jump without a parachute for the sport of it. Why then, do millions jump into sin without stopping to think about hitting the bottom without a parachute?

Too many people forget the inevitable landing when it comes to their spiritual lives. While we are all guilty of sin, God has given us a “perfect parachute” in Jesus Christ. Jesus said that He would “lose none” that God had given Him, “but raise them up at the last day.” Isn’t that amazing? Our parachute not only catches us and holds us up, but will even lift us up to be with God!

Are you toying with danger? Did you jump into sin only to realize you aren’t wearing a parachute? God gives us “the way of escape” (1 Corinthians 10:13) if only we will latch on to Jesus and follow His commands. His children are promised a safe landing. Why not become one today?

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