The Parachute

by Kirk Cameron

The church as a whole has strayed quite far from biblical evangelism; that is, sharing the Gospel in the way that Jesus did, the way the Apostle Paul did, and the rest of the disciples and prophets in Scripture.

Basically, think of it this way. You have two people on an airplane, and the first person is told to put on a parachute because it would improve his flight. The guy is thinking, That’s a little nuts. How is that going to improve my flight? But I will give it a try. So he puts on the parachute and figures out that the thing is awkward, it is heavy, and he can’t sit straight up. People start laughing at him because he has a parachute on. He decides that it is a lie. It didn’t improve his flight; in fact, it made it more difficult. He rips it off his back and throws it on the floor, deciding he is never going to put one of those things on his back again.

The second guy is given a parachute, but he is told to put it on because he is going to have to jump 25,000 feet out of a plane. So he puts it on. He is grateful for it, he doesn’t notice that it is uncomfortable, and he doesn’t care that people are laughing at him because all he can think about is how thankful he is he is going to be saved from sure death.

Those are the two methods of evangelism today. Modern evangelism says, ‘Put on the Lord Jesus Christ. He will improve your flight, and He will give you love, joy, peace, happiness, and fulfillment.’ People try Christianity, and they figure out that people start to laugh at me, it makes my life harder. Jesus even promised you will suffer and experience persecution and trials because you are a Christian, so then they say, ‘Man, I am walking away from this Christianity thing. It is not all it is cracked up to be. It makes things harder. My problems didn’t go away.’ Then they become one of these bitter backsliders.

However, if we explain to people that they are going to have to jump through the door of death, and on the Day of Judgment, they will be found violating all of God’s moral laws, and when they collide with eternal justice, they are going to perish, but if they put on the Lord Jesus Christ, they will be saved. If they come through repentance and faith, they will be found righteous on the Day of Judgment because Jesus paid the price for them on the Cross. Now they are grateful for salvation. You couldn’t rip Jesus off of their back because they are clinging to Him for dear life. It is a completely different motive for putting on the Savior, who is, in essence, the parachute.

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