As Wallenda inched across the cable suspended 1,500 feet in the air, he near-continuously offered up public testament of his strong Christian beliefs. That became especially important when the rising winds over the gorge began to sway the cable Wallenda stood on.
At one point, midway across the chasm, Wallenda had to stop and sit on the cable to steady it, saying aloud on the microphone, "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."
That was just one religious moment of the stunt, which 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 prominent display of faith, writing, "Evangelism via entertainment on a tightrope and a major cable network. Brilliant."
However, comedian and noted atheist Ricky Gervais came at the incident from the opposite perspective, saying, "Well done Jesus for getting that bloke across the Grand Canyon safely. I bet he feels silly for wasting so much time practicing now."
And comedian Doug Benson raised a legitimate question, writing, "Do you think Discovery Channel knew how Jesus-y Wallenda was gonna get on that wire? #HelpMeToRelaxLord #GodYouAreSoGood."