Proverbs 31:3 says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised, ” but what do they know? Obviously not much as it pertains to society’s obsession with outward appearances – even, wait for it, in the houses of worship across the country.Gone are the days of presenting yourself humbly before the Lord, unless you are living in a housing community with your 17 sisters and brothers and four sister/wives/mothers. The pressure of physical appearances has bled over from the secular world right into your southern pulpit.. but at NASCAR?
Showing reverence at sporting events is nothing new. It has been done since the beginning of time and barring any governmental legislation banning it, fans and sports teams alike will continue to pray in their huddles in the locker room, kiss their two fingers to heaven when they sink the winning dunk or thank God first during their acceptance speech of the coveted athlete of the year award. NASCAR is infamous for beginning their races with a prayer-among other things for the safety of their drivers and fans alike but Pastor Joe Nelms of Nashville took the coveted opportunity this past race week-end to add some personal thank you’s to the Lord above including for his smokin’ hot wife. (in all fairness, he did thank the Lord for all the Dodges and Toyotas as well)
Pastor Nelms’ prayer struck outrage throughout the religious community as many church leaders believe that Nelms took what was to be a sacred moment to communcate with the Lord and was turned into a circus-with people laughing and cheering during the prayer. (view video of prayer above)
Never offering an apology, Nelms simply explained that part of his rhetoric was courtesy of “Talladega Nights” (2006) a racecar comedy staring Will Ferrell. Regardless of the inspiration for the prayer, religious leaders are none too happy and have asked to have Nelms removed as the praying pastor before the Nashville races. NASCAR representatives declined to comment but have confirmed that at the present there are no plans to remove Nelms from the line-up. There is a fine line between keeping religion contemporary and making light of a precious moment in worship.
A native of Tennessee, Carl Edwards, who won Saturday’s race, was impressed by the humor: “I turned to Jack (Roush) after that. I said, ‘If anything happens, I want him to be at my funeral.'” In the closing words of Pastor Nelms’ prayer, “well boogity, boogity boogity, amen.” For more of Pastor Nelm’s outlandish prayers and other related topics visit my blog at www.thecattnip.wordpress.com