Christian Faith part of Culture Wars swirling around Women’s Soccer Team

Tobin-Heath-minAs in other examples where the culture wars have intersected with sports teams and American athletes, Christian faith has become part of the issues. Conservative “worldview” media has focused on former team member, Jaelene Hinkle, who drew criticism for speaking out against LGBTQ interests and back in 2017, withdrew from the national team rather than where a jersey that supported gay pride. When she was asked to try out for the world cup team but failed to make it, these same outlets cried foul. Back in June, Breakpoint lauded her decision, even challenging readers with the remark, “Jaelene Hinkle chose well. Will we?” Its time more Christians adopt a “a theology of getting fired, or if you happen to be in Hinkle’s profession, a theology of getting cut from the team,” Breakpoint’s John Stonestreet & David Carlson said. The resentment for Megan Rapinoe, where the contrast on the issues is obvious, is veiled only thinly in the coverage of Hinkle. The Christian post also picked up the story and with the women’s recent World Cup victory, Fox News is again drawing attention to Hinkle.

Perhaps not surprising, these outlets are giving less attention to the Christian players who were actually on the World Cup team — players like Tobin Heath — who are clearly committed Christians but perhaps haven’t adopted a “theology of getting cut.” Within the persecution narrative of Conservative evangelicals, it would seem that becoming a “marked woman,” as Breakpoint writers described Hinkle, is to be celebrated more than the quiet, steady faith of players like Heath.

2 thoughts on “Christian Faith part of Culture Wars swirling around Women’s Soccer Team

  1. I’m still not certain why matters of sexuality seem so touchy among certain groups of Christians. Not to suggest that they’re unimportant, of course, but surely such things are not primary confessional matters on the same level, in terms of belief, as things like the incarnation or resurrection. Even conservative Christians seem fine giving others a lot of grace when it comes to disagreement around similarly secondary issues (divorce, women clergy, etc.). Why is this matter so much more sticky? Why do so many seem to want to turn it into a point of essential doctrine (when it never has been)? Isn’t that fundamentally an innovation rather than a conservative move?

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    • Good questions! Unlike other issues, sexuality is often associated with social and institutional order, which makes the stakes higher. Perhaps this is part of it.


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