Jaelene Hinkle is a professional soccer player that indeed stood for her faith and moral convictions. She turned down her chance at playing for the prestigious U.S. women’s national team because she could not morally support wearing a jersey that commemorated the LGBTQ Pride Month.
Initially Hinkle did not give a reason for her decision to turn down, what many would call the chance of a lifetime, in June of 2017. However, she revealed to the Christian Broadcasting Network, CNB, the intentions behind her decision.
Hinkle states that she; ‘just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey.’
She continued; ‘I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what He was asking of me to do in the situation,’ she continued. ‘I’m essentially giving up the one dream little girls dream about their entire life, and I’m saying no to. It was very disappointing.’
‘I knew in my spirit I was doing the right thing. I knew I was being obedient. But just because you’re obedient doesn’t make it easy.’ she said.
Prior to the decision, and before she was asked to play on the team, in 2015 Hinkle made her moral convictions known regarding homosexuality and gay marriage. An Instagram post from the professional soccer player in 2015 reveals her true convictions about the matter;
“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 2000 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. 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.
The rainbow was a covenant made between God and all His creation that never again would the world be flooded as it was when He destroyed the world during Noah’s time. It’s 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.”