Nick Wallenda is the first man in 100 years to complete a tightrope walk across Niagara Falls. He’s also a Christian. In fact he’s a “Christian Tightrope Walker.” That’s his job.

Wired up to ABC News, who paid most of the $1.3M cost for the stunt, Wallenda frequently prayed to God and spoke of Christ’s help before, during, and after the walk. Many Christians rejoiced to hear God being praised in such a spectacular way before a watching TV and Internet audience of tens of millions of people.

But is tightrope-walking a legitimate Christian vocation? Does repeatedly mentioning God sanctify whatever job we do? Or are there certain vocations that Christians should not pursue? If so, are there biblical guidelines for helping us to decide which jobs are legitimate for a Christian? I believe there are four such guidelines, and I’d like to measure Wallenda’s chosen vocation against them.

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  • Cornelius VanKempen

    What comes to mind it the passage in God’s word from Luke 4 when Jesus was tempted of the devil having been brought to the pinnacle of the temple and told to jump because says the devil, “He will give his abgels charge over thee, to keep thee” and what was Jesus answer? “It is said Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. This is not the work of a christian, but a lover of the cheers of the world. Many go about with the Name of Jesus on the lips but their heart is far from them!

  • Cindy Taylor

    The verse that jumps to mind is “whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God”….there are many professions that don’t directly glorify God….it is US that needs to glorify God with our actions and our praises! I don’t think there are any rules for this….I can glorify God if I were at WalMart or if I were in Ministry….it is what you DO with that opportunity that makes the most of it!