In recognition of June as the unofficial month to celebrate LGBTQ pride, U.S. Soccer has announced that both its men’s and women’s national teams will be wearing rainbow-colored jerseys in support of the gay pride movement. One female Christian soccer player responded.
Jaelene Hinkle, 24, a defender for the North Carolina Courage, has chosen to remove herself from the roster for two international friendlies (competitions) held in June, citing “personal reasons,” according to The Christian Post.
Hinkle will miss games played against Sweden and later Norway, both scheduled to play in June. Her position has yet to be filled after her withdrawal. Whether her withdrawal is directly linked to her team’s recognition of gay pride this month is less than clear; however, she readily voices her faith on social media outlets.
Boasting verses such as Colossians 3:23 (“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”), and adding to it a stern credence: “If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection,” Hinkle presents an unashamed version of her faith.
In 2015, on the same day when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, Hinkle posted on Instagram a gay pride logo converted into a celebration of the cross.
“Jesus didn’t come to save those who already believed in Him,” she writes, “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.”
In the same post from 2015 she added, “My heart is that as Christians we don’t begin to throw a tantrum over what has been brought into law today, but we become that much more loving. That through our love, the lost, rejected, and abandoned find Christ.”
She also pointed out that the rainbow, before it was captured as a symbol of the LGBTQ movement, was first a symbol of God’s promise to mankind: “[The rainbow] is a constant reminder that no matter how corrupt this world becomes, He will never leave us or forsake us. Thank you Lord for your amazing grace, even during times of trial and confusion.”
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