I didn’t bother to watch the Discovery Channel’s show with Nik Wallenda walking across the Grand Canyon on a wire without a tether, which I have no interest in whatsoever. But I did hear very quickly that he spent most of the trip across asking God for help in doing so.
“Thank you Jesus. Help me relax, Lord. God you are so good. Thank you Lord. Praise you Father God,” Wallenda said to keep his nerves calm during the treacherous walk…
At one point, just after passing the half-way point of his wirewalk, Wallenda crouched down as winds whipped around him. “Please Jesus, calm them down,” Wallenda said about the gusts.
Man, this kind of thing just irritates me for so many reasons. First of all, had he fallen would it have been God’s fault? Would Jesus be blamed for not calming the winds? Of course not. So what is the point of praising him for helping you if you aren’t going to blame him for not doing so? More importantly, what would you think of a God who did help him bring all this attention to himself? What would that say about God, that he takes the time to calm the winds so this guy can pull off a made-for-TV stunt but can’t be bothered to calm the winds of a tornado or a hurricane that kills untold numbers of people and does extraordinary damage? What would that say about God’s priorities other than that they are incredibly warped?
As I’ve pointed out before, I have no doubt that Wallenda believes that he’s being entirely humble to do this, that he’s giving all the credit to God. But in reality, he’s doing the exact opposite. He’s saying, “God loves me so much, I’m so ultra special that he’ll go out of his way to make sure I live through this pointless stunt when he can’t be bothered to lift a finger to help millions of people dying from disease or starvation. It’s not humility, it’s absolute arrogance.