Faith or Fame: Christian Soccer Player Walks Away From National Team

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who reads their Bible regularly and believes it to be the inerrant Word of El Elyon, the Most High God.

Things in this world will become more corrupt. What is perverse and unnatural will be celebrated. What is good and correct will be demonized. And at some point, Christians will have to choose a side to stand on, whether it be with the world, or with Elohim.

Jaelene Hinkle is a Christian soccer player who recently had to make a choice.

A former defender for the North Carolina Courage, Hinkle was chosen to play for the U.S. Soccer team, first appearing with them against Brazil in 2015. She played eight games with them, total.

It is a great honor to be chosen to represent your nation on the world stage, but when the National Women’s Soccer League made the decision in May to honor gay pride, it may have been too much for Hinkle to stay.

For the month of June, both the women’s and men’s soccer teams will be wearing jerseys with rainbow numbers and the word “Pride,” instead of the players’ names on the back.

Several weeks after the announcement and with games against Sweden and Norway already lined up, Hinkle removed herself from the team for “personal reasons.”

Hinkle has not been shy about her faith, or her beliefs about the sanctity of marriage.

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.”

She’s right.

She also posted on Instagram:

“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.

“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 continued. “The rainbow was a convent [sic] 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 commendable stance. She spoke openly in a climate that could possibly see her penalized, as her beliefs are no longer socially acceptable.

Where she goes from here, whether she returns to the North Carolina Courage (the name suits her) or pursues other options, I’m in her corner. I wish her well.

We are in desperate need of those willing to put their faith in action and to take a stand.

When given the opportunity, Jaelene Hinkle made a choice.