I recently watched The Walk. It's an entertaining film. Well done. I recommend it.
those who don't know, the film is about a high-wire artist who dreams
of walking across the (then recently completed) twin towers in New York.
Making this dream a reality requires not only tremendous skill but
careful planning and the help of several accomplices. It is also illegal, so the film is essentially a heist movie without the heist.
This got me to thinking: Is high-wire artist a permissible vocation for a Christian?
It's hard not to admire the perseverance and skill required to pull off
the high-wire act, it's also, arguably, an act of selfishness and
irresponsibility. One might even argue that it is a waste of God-given
talent. How much better might the world be if these talented performers put their effort and skill to
use in more useful endeavors?
The upside is a bit more intangible, but it exists, nonetheless. Performers like high-wire artists inspire the rest of us. They don't just entertain us. They motivate us.
How does one perform the ethical calculus on such a trade-off? I don't know.
Do the artists, dreamers, and daredevils who inspire us actually deserve
our contempt? Should we pity them rather than admire them? Does the high-wire act bring glory to God or merely the performer?