Jaelene Hinkle, a North Carolina Courage star, used the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The 700 Club” on May 30 to explain that she withdrew from the United States Women’s National Team after having had a confab with The Almighty.
She revealed that her decision not to play for the team came after days of seeking guidance from God. Her withdrawal came two weeks after it was announced last year that both the US men’s and women’s national soccer teams would wear rainbow-coloured jerseys in support of LGBT pride month.
According to this report, Hinkle said:
I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey. I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what [God] was asking me to do in this situation … I knew in my spirit I was doing the right thing. I knew I was being obedient.
Hinkle explained that it was almost like an “out-of-body experience” when she was invited to play for the women’s national team and said that she was excited to wear the emblem of the US flag on her chest.
But after it was announced that the team jersey was designed to honour the LGBT community, she knew she had a tough decision – chase her dream or obey her God and convictions.
She said that giving up her dream was “very disappointing” but that an inner “peace” has “trumped the disappointment.”
I don’t question His goodness. I know He is good. I know He is faithful. If I don’t get a national team [invite] again, that is part of His plan and that is OK.
Hinkle was raised in a Christian home in Colorado and committed her life to Christ at the age of 12, according to CBN. In the interview with CBN, she recounted the struggles she had going to school and playing at Texas Tech and maintaining a healthy church life.
Hinkle has not been afraid to let her voice be heard on issues pertaining to marriage and sexuality.
In June 2015 on the day that the US Supreme Court ruled to make same-sex marriage a national right, Hinkle shared a post on her Instagram page in which she converted a Human Rights Campaign gay equality flag into a cross. And she wrote:
Jesus didn’t come to save those who already believed in Him. He came so that the lost, rejected, and abandoned men and women would find Him and believe. I believe with every fiber in my body that what was written 2,000 years ago in the Bible is undoubtedly true. It’s not a fictional book. It’s not a pick and choose what you want to believe. You either believe it, or you don’t. This world may change, but Christ and His Word NEVER will.