"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men." Colossians 3:23
Citing "personal reasons," Jaelene Hinkle withdrew from the Women's U.S. National Soccer match against Sweden and Norway last week just weeks after the League’s decision to celebrate LGBT pride month by wearing rainbow-colored jerseys, although it is unclear if that was the reason.
However, this is not what makes her courageous. She is courageous because she lives her faith openly, whether it’s comfortable or not; and believe me, liberals and LGBT activists are trying to make her life miserable by attacking her on social media with cries of homophobia, bigotry, and much worse.
Jaelene has always been a proud supporter of her faith and Christianity on social media and has not shied away from this controversial topic in the past.
In 2015, on the same day the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, she made her feelings known over the ruling by tweeting:
She then went onto Instagram posting a picture of the cross and went on to explain her feelings:
"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.
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 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 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. Love won over 2,000 years ago when the greatest sacrifice of all time was made for ALL mankind."
Since she opted out of playing the two international matches last week, she has faced unrelenting attacks on social media.
Jaelene has refused to respond or be drawn into the controversy simply responding to questions regarding her withdrawal from the roster with the answer “personal reasons.”
We all stand to learn a lot from her. Too many of us are silent for fear that we, too, will be attacked and labeled as some type of “hater” or bigot. In the meantime, we are losing the culture war due to our silence.