Christian soccer player Jaelene Hinkle has withdrawn herself from the U.S. soccer team after it was announced that the squad would be wearing rainbow colored ‘gay pride’ jerseys in their upcoming game. She cited “personal reasons” for her refusal to play.
The star proudly declared Colossians 3:23 on her Twitter which says: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” “If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection,” the tagline also notes on her profile.
Hinkle has been called into national team camp twice over the past two years. In 2017, she declined the invite for “personal reasons.” She later revealed what many suspected at the time: Hinkle, a devout Christian, “felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear” the national team’s rainbow-numbered jerseys celebrating Pride Month.
“I’m essentially giving up the one dream little girls dream about their entire life, and I’m saying no to [it],” she told The 700 Club in June 2018. “It was very disappointing.” The 700 Club interview noted that teammates supported her decision.
Hinkle has not received another call-up to the national team since she decided against playing for Team USA last June.
Hinkle, who made eight appearances for the national team from 2015 through 2017, acknowledged that she may never get another opportunity: “I knew in my spirit I was doing the right thing. I knew that I was being obedient. If I never get a national team call-up again, that just is part of [God’s] plan.”
Hinkle also notably converted a gay pride logo into a celebration of the cross on Instagram the same day the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in 2015 while sharing her opinion on the decision.
“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,” she declared.
“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.”
Then, she explained the true Biblical meaning of the rainbow symbol. “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,” she said.
“Love won over 2,000 years ago when the greatest sacrifice of all time was made for ALL mankind.”
Jaelene McKenzie Hinkle is an American professional soccer defender who plays for the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League.