God told soccer star to ditch the sport because of gay pride

God told soccer star to ditch the sport because of gay pride June 3, 2018

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.”

Hinkle stressed that despite the disappointment, she doesn’t question God’s plan for her life.
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.

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  • AgentCormac

    Decades ago, when I was growing up in Liverpool, I distinctly remember my father pulling up and howling with laughter at a poster that had been put up outside a church in the Kensington area, just on the outskirts of the city. It read: ‘What if Christ came back tomorrow?’ And underneath it some wag had written: ‘Move St John to left back’. Priceless.

  • Broga

    Agent Cormac: Ian St John, as you will know, played as a striker and was a prolific goal scorer. A Methodist church in Liverpool put up an advertisement on a board outside the church: JESUS SAVES!. By the next morning there was a piece of graffiti added to the notice by an anonymous Liverpool supporter: St JOHN SCORES ON THE REBOUND!

  • StephenJP

    It’s a canny tactic if you know you’re about to be dropped, though, isn’t it? “I asked for God’s guidance, and he told me not to play for that team”. Bet Joe Hart wishes he’d thought of that.

  • 1859

    ‘I don’t question his goodness. I know he is good….the Bible is undoubtedly true…’
    Yeah! Like stoning gay people to death! That’s god’s goodness too! Wow! Ms Hinkle methinks would be quite at home with ISIS.

  • 1859

    @ Broga & A.Cormac: As an ex-Liverpudlian myself I can understand what you mean. In one of the pubs in Lark Lane (I jest not) the cubicles in the men’s loo were literally covered from floor to ceiling with all manner of graffiti. However, the best (in my biased opinion) read –
    ‘You’d think with all this written wit,
    That Shakespeare himself came here to shit.’
    To which someone had added –
    ‘For all you know this may be true,
    For Shakespeare had an arse hole too.’

  • Broga

    1859: Classy. My son was a very keen footballer and (aged 12) persuaded me to detour, on a trip south, to “look” at Anfield and the Shankly Gates. Standing outside reminiscing my son said he wished he could take away a souvenir. A man standing nearby gave him his Liverpool scarf. Football was different then.

  • barriejohn

    “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude; I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” (Bill Shankly)
    I’m not in the least bit interested in football, but that quote is brilliant. I have a friend in Swindon who is a Liverpool fan, though he’s probably never been further north than Cheltenham. Every year everyone has to listen to how “We’ve made a good start to the season” and “We’ve got a good chance of winning some cup or other”. It’s like another religion.

  • Broga

    barriejohn: You make an interesting point by comparing football with religion. The commitment to a team, composed of foreign millionaires who move on for a better offer, is weird. What is the basis of the fanatical loyalty to, in effect, a name. What leads fans of modest income to complain because Arsene Wenger has failed to “invest” in their team by not paying £50,000,000 and £200,000 a week for a foreign player.
    You might also wonder why RCs remain supportive of a church, ready to protect paedophile priests, and thieving massive amounts of cash?
    Is it, in part, that absorption in football is preferable to the ennui of ordinary life. The football fan has an endless source of discussion with like minded friends, trips away and detailed knowledge. There is certainly human drama and no shortage of hubris. I don’t get it myself and I doubt if I have seen three professional games (apart from on TV) myself.

  • 1859

    @Broga: Even though born in L’Pool myself I hated and still hate football. I guess it stems from what I experienced I when growing up in that city. When I was 4 years old a friend of my mother knitted me a blue and white scarf. It was cold and I wore it to keep warm, but when in the street people started spitting on me – and when I say ‘people’ I don’t mean other kids, I mean adult men and women. I didn’t understand but I felt really awful. Later as I grew older I witnessed L’Pool and Everton fans having running battles in the streets, setting fire to cars, smashing windows, almost murdering each other, and it didn’t take long for me to become aware that religion was involved in the mix. Everton were ‘Catholics’ but L’Pool ‘Protestant’ , and the two factions hated each other with a vehemence that was as ignorant as it was fanatic. It was basically gang warfare and identifying with a particular football club was – and still is – a form of tribalism which allows and condones all kinds of vicious brutality. So I’m not sure whether these fans experience ‘the ennui of ordinary life’ – it seems to me their behaviour portrays some deep predatory, tribal
    psychosis that I have always found disgusting. Enough said.

  • AgentCormac

    @ 1859
    ‘I witnessed L’Pool and Everton fans having running battles in the streets, setting fire to cars, smashing windows, almost murdering each other…’
    It’s been a few years now since I gave up my season ticket at Everton, but for decades I followed the team home and away. And while it’s true to say that the relationship between supporters of the Merseyside rivals has sadly deteriorated in recent years, I personally have never witnessed or indeed heard about anything like you describe.

  • 1859

    @AgentCormac :- I’m talking about episodes in the late 50’s and 60’s. How much has changed – for the better or worse – I don’t know, but what I saw back then was very scary. So I wasn’t surprised when, years later, L’Pool fans turned their primal hate on Juventus fans in Italy causing a wall to collapse that killed 32 Juventus supporters.

  • Johan

    In the mid seventies I lived in Kippax Street in Manchester. The Manchester City FC ground was a few hundred metres from my front door. I only lived there for 9 months but the mayhem and violence was awful for certain fixtures. On the night of a City v Utd local derby all the shop windows at the Great Western St Kippax St junction got smashed. And in my front room the brick used to smash my front window was sat on the sofa. Utd were notable for their thuggery and I guess the City thugs were more than willing to repay Old Trafford residents when they played away against Man Utd. I don’t think there was any sectarian motivation involved. But I did witness the pure sectarian hatred between two highly educated Glaswegians who worked at the same Hi Tech computer hardware company as I did. One supported Rangers the other Celtic. They never resorted to physical violence at work although they taunted each other incessantly to provoke physical attack and dismissal. I had never seen such hate and venom and bitterness between two people. Such is the evil of religious division. And for more sectarian all one needed to do today was listen to BBC R4 Woman’s Hour for the debate about Abortion in Northern Ireland
    A harridan by the name of Bernadette Smith was unleashed. A truly hateful piece of catholic womanhood.

  • Broga

    Johan: I escaped all that and only saw football from a distance. I did have some glimpses when I was too young to appreciate the sickness of it. I had an uncle who lived in Glasgow where I occasionally visited. He was a fanatical protestant and RC hater; a Free Mason where he apparently had gone up the “degrees” or whatever they were called; his wife belonged to something called the Eastern Star – linked, I think, to the Free Masons.
    RCs were always referred to as “Papes” and the Pope was the Devil’s creature. He supported Rangers and detested Celtic. A big moment in his life was shaking hands with Jim Baxter, Rangers and Scotland fullback.
    He endlessly played tunes which I think were supportive of protestants. I think one was called “The sash my father wore” and joined in the parades. Despite all that which I recognise in retrospect, he and his wife were – to me anyway – the kindest, most hospitable and generous of relatives.
    I think this kind of context explains how warped and poisonous “values” become absorbed until they seem natural without need for questioning. They got plenty of questioning from me once I started reading.

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    A large number of English Football Clubs are owned by foreigners;
    These Billionaires indulge in tax evasion, money laundering and loads of other white collar crimes. These football clubs serve as an excellent front for the aforesaid.
    The players turning up for these clubs are just mercenaries, willing to ply their trade for the highest bidder.
    An ordinary working class person therefore should not get too charged up about these clubs. Watch the game, enjoy it without resorting to one upmanship and swearing loyalty to one and hating others.
    At the end of the day the players as well as the owners of these “English only in name” clubs are laughing their way to the bank so, why should an ordinary bloke increase his blood pressure over them?

  • Broga

    Gaurav Tyagi : So different from the past. I once saw the late great Duncan Edwards who lived in lodgings and cycled to the match past the line of fans. Bobby Charlton, who also played that day, described Edwards as “the only player who made me feel inferior.”

  • Jim Baerg

    “I witnessed L’Pool and Everton fans having running battles in the streets,”

  • CoastalMaineBird

    I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what [God] was asking me to do
    The Almighty God, creator of worlds seen and unseen, author of infallible wisdom and unsurpassed poetry , and you need to think for three days to figure out what he’s saying ?

  • barriejohn

    CMB: Most people who hold conversations with imaginary beings are considered at least a little odd, if not deranged. I guess it’s a long way to Heaven, so interference makes messages a bit difficult to decipher.