Monday, June 18, 2012

ABC Censors Wallenda

ABC Censors Wallenda

While watching Nik Wallenda’s nail biting high-wire crossing of Niagara Falls Friday night supported only by a thin cable, I heard Nick praising and worshiping God while he was being pelted with wind and water more than 200 feet in the air above the falls and the river below.  But not a word of his praise to Jesus Christ was mention on ABC’s News blog in the days following.

By de Andréa
June 18, 2012

Nik Wallenda’s frequent praise of his God and Father and Savior Jesus Christ during his high-wire crossing of Niagara Falls Friday night, watch a clip of Nik, listen carefully and you can hear him praising and giving thanks to God.  But an ABC News blog later documented every moment of the achievement, except for the editing out of his nearly continuous verbal thanks to his lord and Savior.

The only reference to matters of faith that ABC left in the conversation of Nik Wallenda was at 10:08 p.m., “The Wallenda family prays together moments before he gets on the wire.”  And at 10:56 p.m. once the crossing was complete, ABC’s blog noted: Nik says, “It hasn’t sunk in yet.  I’m grinning from ear to ear.  This is something I’ve played over and over in my mind for the past 20 years.  It’s surreal.  I’m really blessed to be here.  And lastly just before the walk took place, Wallenda was asked how he could be so calm, and he answered “it was thanks to prayer”, saying “I am the righteousness of God in Christ,” alluding to 2 Corinthians 5:21.  An obvious slight oversight on the part of the censors.

Nik Wallenda the final steps crossing Niagara Falls

Wallenda, 33, the great grandson of legendary tightrope walker Karl Wallenda, walked across Niagara Falls on a high wire on Friday the 15th of June 2012, amid 10’s of thousands of on lookers both on the American side and the Canadian side of the boarder.  And as hundreds watched on TV at a block party in his Florida hometown of Sarasota, Fla., and millions of others tuned in for ABC television coverage all over the world Nik Wallenda did not disappoint.

Wallenda was fitted with a two way radio microphone during his tension-filled, 25-minute saunter at 200 above the massive power of God’s creation, and he could be heard praising God numerous times as he walked the length of four football fields from the United States of America to Canada.

“Praise you, Father God.  Praise you, Jesus!”  Wallenda said on one occasion.  Not only were his comments audible, but on closed-caption TV sets broadcasting the event at restaurants, each of his words glorifying God were visible.

“Oh, my gosh, it’s an unbelievable view,” Wallenda continued.  “You know I am so blessed to be in the position I am to be the first person in the world to be right here.”

His remarks provided a continuous theme of inspiration, as he said, “This is what dreams are made of, people.  Pursue your dreams.  Never give up.  Mine might seem strange, but anybody that’s dealing with any battle –just focus on that other side.”

But during the event itself and on an ABC News blog chronicling the astounding event, reporters did not mention Wallenda’s frequent shout-outs praising and thanking God, and some viewers are taking issue with the omission.

“Not mentioned by the news media, Wallenda prayed off and on throughout the walk, and we could hear him,” said Christian writer Jim Bramlett.

One commenter told ABC News, “How come this blog leaves out the part about him praising Jesus?  All the details are complete, except this is noticeably left out.  Are you that uncomfortable typing the name of Jesus Christ?”

THE BOTTOM LINE: Despite the obvious omissions by the anti-American God hating journalists and or censors of ABC, God used this sensational event to get His name proclaimed across the Earth and for people to see a man trusting in Jesus doing the seemingly impossible.”

Reminiscent of Peter walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee, Nik Wallenda kept his eyes on his lord and Savior Jesus, walked through the valley of the shadow of death, and he feared no evil.

May God bless you and your family Nik Wallenda…

de Andréa

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