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Faith and courage

Pro soccer player doesn’t cower to LGBT bullies

Hinkle during a game against Sky Blue FC on May 19 in Piscataway, N.J. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire/AP

Faith and courage
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Ray Hacke

Ray is a sports correspondent for WORLD Magazine. He is a graduate of World Journalism Institute and Syracuse University School of Journalism, and he has been a sports reporter for 25 years. He is also a licensed attorney. Ray resides with his wife, Pauline, and daughter in Keizer, Ore.



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I am so thankful to hear of her stand in this matter. Her quiet demeanor through this is such a great example. She stands humbly but unashamed of her faith. I was struck by the response in one of the quotations and I quote it partially, ".......the ‘sin’ is an integral part of a person’s being.” Sin is indeed an integral or should I say, dis-integral part of every person as it weakens our integrity with regard to what God intended for us no matter what kind of sin it is.  I've been struck recently by the thought that God uses people and circumstances around us to illustrate the dilemma of all of mankind. The LGBT community in a way illustrates that internally all people are at odds with how we are made to be because our sinful nature drives us away from God's design in every area of life, not just sexuality. Before I became a believer I had instances when believers around me took unpopular stands and I thought it was pretty useless and they were just being difficult. How ironic that when I traced my steps backward to see how many times I was witnessed to before I came to Christ, it was those very people who were shining light into my darkness. Keep shining Jaelene! You have no idea yet how God is using you for his redemptive purpose. God bless you!

Deb O

Our pastor asked those 40 years and younger in our congregation to stand up one Sunday and said that if they were true to their beliefs, they would face persecution in our country that none of us older than 40 would ever have believed could happen. Persecution doesn't begin with being thrown in jail and killed ... it begins with boos and hisses and shakings of the head to silence us. We will see more and more challenges against our freedom to work in our chosen professions, as does Ms. Hinkle and some well-publicized small business owners. 

I admit it; as a Christian in 21st century America, I am soft and weak in the knees. Could I stand up under the derision and reproach of the world ... of my workplace ... of my neighbors and family? We've never known what our third-world brethren already know, "Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."


Can one of the Worldmag IT whiz kids change it to show  SAWGUNNER instead of the 2074478 number. I have no idea what that means. It ain't our home phone, car tag number or bank PIN. 

And used to I could log in and have R. Lee Ermey likeness as my blog handle. Gone for good?


In the 50s and 60s Sandy Koufax was a  pro baseball player. He was a committed Jew. He declined to play on any Jewish holidays. His commitment to "living out" a fundamental tenet of his belief was celebrated and rightly honored. How the times have changed.