Nik Wallenda Jesus References in Mid-Grand Canyon Walk Spark Debate, Mixed Reactions

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Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk across the Grand Canyon would have been noteworthy no matter what, but the feat alone didn't set Twitter ablaze.

While many aspects of the event, the coverage and Wallenda himself were Tweeted, his prominent profession of faith sparked the most discussion.

As Wallenda inched across the cable suspended 1,500 feet in the air for 23 minutes, he continuously offered up public testament of his Christian beliefs.

This became especially prominent when the rising winds over the gorge began to sway the cable Wallenda stood on. At one point he said aloud:

"Golly, wind. Go away, in the name of Jesus. Thank you, Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, Lord. Oh, yeah. That's my savior. That's Jesus."

The stunt began with a prayer with Wallenda's family and Christian televangelist Joel Osteen and featured Wallenda giving up praise multiple times.

Conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch loved the display of faith, writing, "Evangelism via entertainment on a tightrope and a major cable network. Brilliant."

Comedian and noted atheist Ricky Gervais saw it differently.

He said afterward, "Well done Jesus for getting that bloke across the Grand Canyon safely. I bet he feels silly for wasting so much time practicing now."

Neil Patrick Harris joked, "Proud of Nik Wallenda for his epic high wire walk. Less proud of agreeing to drink a shot every time he said 'Jesus'. I can’t feel my face."

Breaking Bad and Under the Dome star Dean Norris may have summed it up best with his measured response to the Discovery Channel event.

"Regardless of religious belief or not, feel little happier bout life then had #wallenda kept saying thank you nihilists, life is meaningless," he said.

And comedian Doug Benson raised a legitimate question:

"Do you think Discovery Channel knew just how Jesus-y Wallenda was gonna get on that wire? #HelpMeToRelaxLord #GodYouAreSoGood."

What do you think of Nik's professions of faith? A moving testament to a higher power? Or too over the top? Share your comments with us below ...

 

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2wild42long

ABSOLUTELY! I happen to be a FIRM BELIEVER,and, DO NOT CARE what the Nay-sayers want to spew forth! I don't doubt for one second who got him across that chasm,and---I'll bet that Wallenda knows,too...
I have to agree with all of the comment's posted below me: 'If you don't wanna believe---FINE---but, do not bash those who do believe'. That's not only pathetic,it's also weak,and LOW...
So let's hear it loud,and proud,Lord Warrior's!
"The Lord is Good?! ALL THE TIME!!" "And,all the time?! THE LORD IS GOOD!!!"
Yeah,Buddy!!! LOL!
Later all; Hollywood---Out!!!

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I would have been praying my a$$ off, who wouldnt?>

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I was a fan of alot of actors, until they start bashing religion and then I realize how stupid they are

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Nick was correct! It was more than luck that got him across.

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@ dee

You are right, finally someone with brains!

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If you do not believe in god fine, but do not make fun of people who do. It is wrong and pathetic!

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@ myaacun

Well said. If you don't believe, you don't believe but don't bash those that do. I find it refreshing that he prayed. I would have done the same thing.