Nick Wallenda is the tightrope walker who recently walked on a wire–blindfolded–between two skyscrapers in Chicago. He is a Christian and often talks about his faith, praying before his stunts (which have included walking across the Grand Canyon and the Niagra Falls) and calling on Christ for help. So is being a tightrope walker a Christian vocation?
David Murray has an interesting discussion about this, concluding that, no, it is not, on the grounds that it does not follow four criteria that he says are necessary for a true Christian vocation. I don’t think I agree. I suppose part of it is that he is articulating a Reformed view of vocation, which is not quite the same as the Lutheran one, which I hold to. And yet, though I’m not sure that these are the right criteria to evaluate a calling, I’m thinking that Wallenda does, in fact, meet them. At any rate, I tend to think that the origin of such a wild and strange and wonder-inspiring talent could only come from God. When I see or hear about something so extraordinary and someone so fearless, I do glorify God. A tightrope walker does love and serve his neighbors by filling them with awe.
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