June 13, 2017 at 10:02 am PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Christian soccer player speculated to have skipped game over team’s Pride jersey
Jaelene Hinkle, gay news, Washington Blade

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U.S. Women’s soccer player Jaelene Hinkle’s withdrawal from a recent soccer match has led to speculation she objects to USWST’s Pride jersey.

The 24-year-old defender cited “personal reasons” as to why she would be missing the match in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 8. However, her social media posts have resulted in a theory from Outsports that her Christian beliefs are the reason for skipping the trip.

Hinkle has pinned the tweet, “If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection” to her Twitter page. On the day the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide Hinkle tweeted, “This world is falling farther and farther away from God.”

Hinkle also posted a photo of the cross in place of the equality symbol with a caption that detailed her faith.

“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,” Hinkle writes. “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.”

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 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. ❤️💜💛💚💙

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Hinkle has declined to elaborate on the personal reasons that prevented her from playing in the match.

The U.S. Women’s Soccer team will continue to wear their Pride jerseys against Sweden on Thursday and Norway on Sunday.

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