Good for her.
If only more Christians had the same courage of convictions. Or if they really lived like what they say they believe.
Just two weeks after the United States’ men’s and women’s soccer squads declared that they would tout rainbow-colored uniforms to celebrate LGBTQ awareness month, one devout Christian player, Jaelene Hinkle, pulled out and left the team.
According to The Daily Wire:
A U.S. Soccer news release claimed Hinkle left for “personal reasons,” but it is quite possible Hinkle decided she didn’t want to endorse a position incompatible with her religious beliefs.
Hinkle, who had been a defender for the North Carolina Courage, had made it crystal clear years ago that she was devout a Christian and was determined not to follow the politically correct line.
The jerseys the U.S. Soccer teams will wear will feature rainbow-colored numbers and the word “pride” instead of the player’s last name.
U.S. Soccer has also partnered with the You Can Play Project with a commemorative rainbow-colored “One Nation. One Team.” hat.
The Blaze also had this to report:
Hinkle, a former defender for the North Carolina Courage, left the national team for “personal reasons,” according to a U.S. Soccer news release. Before leaving, she was on the roster to play friendlies against Sweden and Norway this month.
While it is not immediately clear if her departure is directly related to the National Women’s Soccer League’s decision to celebrate gay pride, Hinkle, 24, has not shied away from taking bold stances on the issue in the past.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, Hinkle posted a tweet acknowledging that the world “is falling farther and farther away from God.”
And she made her opinion even clearer in an Instagram post that same day.
“I believe with every fiber in my body that what was written 2,000 years ago in the Bible is undoubtedly true,” Hinkle wrote alongside an image of the cross. “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.
She also could have asked for a religious exemption. SJW politics is not something our national sports team should engage in. If the team refuses, then sue them for religious discrimination and lobby to yank any federal funds the team receives.
If this is the reason she left, it shows great integrity and sacrifice to give up what she clearly loved (soccer) to follow her faith. It’s not just the game she loved, but her career (present and future) as well. I have to ask myself if I would have such fortitude. It certainly gives me pause I can tell you that.
It certainly takes courage to stand up this type of nonsense. I sincerely hope her career doesn’t suffer.
Sources: The Daily Wire