Nascar Prayer an insult to Christians?

Tara - posted on 07/26/2011 ( 26 moms have responded )

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J74y88YuS...



Hope the link works, having trouble lately getting them to work.

But honestly, if you are a Christian please tell me this offends you.

If it doesn't offend you why not?

Cause it offends me and I'm agnostic. I would think that using God in a prayer such as this would be somewhat insulting to Christians around the world, but perhaps not in the US??

Thoughts?

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Becky - posted on 07/26/2011

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I thought it was funny! And I am a Christian. Now, if my pastor stood up in church and prayed that, yes, it would be offensive. But Nascar is kind of a different culture. :)

Merry - posted on 07/27/2011

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Just see prayer as a conversation with god. We talk, I thank him for things, ask for help for things, apologize for things, and just talk! IMO it's personal and maybe shouldnt be regularly done out loud.

JuLeah - posted on 07/27/2011

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Made me laugh. Sounds like Nascar. I am not sure how one can be offended by this if not offended by all other 'prayers' said on such occations. We 'pray' for our troops to find victory and come home safe. Are we then not also praying for our troops to distroy the 'enemy' leave their blood on the battle field, return home when only when they are all dead?

People drive into their neighborhood and see the flashing lights of a fire truck. They say, "Please God not my house"

Are they not also saying, "Please God let it be my neighbors house"

You pray for rain on your crops. You are also praying for rain on your neighbors. YOur neighbor might not need rain for their crops. Rain might actually hurt their crops.

These are not new ideas of course, Mark Twain put them in writing long before I.

But, the idea of prayer, as I most often see it, has always left me confused ... this prayer was no worse then many

Jane - posted on 07/27/2011

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Considering how important GM performance technology and all that other stuff is to NASCAR I would say it is a most appropriate prayer for the start of the race. I have to admit that I don't know what his smokin' hot wife has to do with the race, but I am sure he is grateful for her.

It doesn't offend me in any way. It's NASCAR, which is a whole separate culture from the rest of the world. And it is a reference to the movie "Talladega Nights" which was a comedy and is also about NASCAR.

I would say if this prayer were to be given in another venue it would be nonsensical and inappropriate, but it was given at NASCAR.

Nope, no offense taken here.

Merry - posted on 07/27/2011

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Funny? Yes
Appropriate? No
Offensive? A little bit
Worth pitching a fit over? No

In the end I don't think this prayer made god happy, I don't think it brought anyone closer to god and I don't think it represented Christians or god very well. Prayer is supposed to be a direct conversation from one person to god and IMO it shouldn't be a performance.

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Jaime - posted on 08/01/2011

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Nah, wasn't offensive. I chuckled. I was skimming the youtube comments and someone mentioned that it was "product placement, not prayer"...bahahahaha, have they seen all of the nascars? Every friggin' car is a moving advertisement.

Carolee - posted on 08/01/2011

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TONS of people risk their lives for the sake of entertainment. That's their choice. I wouldn't do it, but I'm not going to tell them that they're displeasing "God" because they're doing what makes them happy. People pray for all sorts of dumb things. But, if it matters for the person praying, then that is between them and their god.

Merry - posted on 08/01/2011

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Yeah they risk their life, but for what? Fun?
People risk their lives for much greater causes all the time, firemen, police men, emts, missionaries......and people are dying from fixable things all over the world, hunger, dehydration.....
I dont know if god really appreciates us doing such risky things in the name of entertainment.

Rosie - posted on 07/28/2011

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i guess i am having a problem with nascar being the center of someones life, or that it's so important to them that they would pray for it. i LOVE the iowa hawkeyes, but even in my christian days you wouldn't catch me praying for them to win their football game. it's petty and ridiculous.

Jane - posted on 07/28/2011

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If NASCAR is the center of your life, as it is for a lot of the folks that are involved in it, why would it be ridiculous for the ones doing the praying? If a family member is dreadfully ill, you pray because they are vitally important to you.

However, all of this is moot if you don't believe there is any sort of deity listening. OTOH, it makes you feel better sometimes to think that someone could step in and fix things for you.

Rosie - posted on 07/28/2011

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i get what you are saying carolee, but do they honestly think god gives a shit about fords and chevy's and tires? it just seems ridiculous to me, so that's my opinion. obviously they can do what they want, but i also can think what i want, and i think they are doing their religion a disservice. :)

Carolee - posted on 07/28/2011

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I, personally, believe that prayer for MOST things is ridiculous. That doesn't mean I'm going to tell you that you need to stop doing it. If it's important to you, do it. If it's important to them, let them do it. I don't like racing, but they DO risk their lives doing it. Just because they don't appear to be "citi-fied" (term from Beverly Hillbillies) doesn't mean it's ridiculous or shouldn't be done.

Rosie - posted on 07/28/2011

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the ability to recognize when prayer for nascar is ridiculous. how about pray for your kids cancer, or your medical bills-you know something that matters. at least that's my opinion, lol. maybe some people really do feel they need nascar, and the chevy's and the fords....lol.

Rosie - posted on 07/28/2011

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just to clear it up this particular prayer wasn't from a movie. there is a movie called talladega nights and it's similar, and i'm sure this guy was making fun of the movie with this- but this was a real life gods honest prayer at a nascar event.

as to it's offensiveness, i think it kinda is offensive. at least it's ridiculousness is offensive to me, the thought that christians actually pray about nascar just makes me shake my head. maybe it's cause i think nascar is a waste of gas, money, and television, lol. i just think it's ridiculous. i do get that it's all in fun, but really?? IDK, i think that it just makes christians look bad.

Chasity - posted on 07/28/2011

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lmao its from a movie about racing :) It does not offend me I thought it was hilarious! If god didn't want us to have a sense of humor he wouldn't of given us one.

Tasha - posted on 07/27/2011

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I dont think its a big deal, if this is all it takes to offend you then you should develop a bit of a thicker skin and realize that not everyone has to agree with you or refrain from saying things you may not like. Im not talking to one specific person here just in general. It was not directed at one person or meant to offend so it is not malicious, maybe in poor taste, but not meant to piss anyone off. I am not a regular church goer and do not subsribe to any denomination, maybe thats why i think its silly.

Merry - posted on 07/27/2011

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Lol, yeah I don't see the problem thanking god for your smoking hot spouse but I think it's the attitude he really likes or dislikes. If it's truly thanks, obviously god appreciates it. But if it's mocking in nature or told as a joke for attention, I think not so much appreciation :)
I sure thank god for my gorgeous children on a regular basis :)

Becky - posted on 07/27/2011

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Eh, I think God might have laughed a little bit when he thanked him for his smoking hot wife. :)

Karina - posted on 07/27/2011

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Insulting, no. Asinine, yes.
what is the point of having a "prayer" before a race, if it is not a serious event? FYI, I am an agnostic.

Sarah - posted on 07/26/2011

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I don't see anything wrong with it.
To be honest, I've often seen people saying prayers thanking god for all kinds of things!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/26/2011

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Movies are a over dramatic imitation of life, life is not imitation of movies.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/26/2011

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Well, it is a bit harsh to say that is "The Average American Ideology" especially since so many people don't care for racing or that movie...nor is it appropriate to have add advertisements endorsements in a public prayer. As much as it may have been meant as a joke, I do find it insulting.

Tara - posted on 07/26/2011

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Really? Thanks Carolee for clearing that up, it makes a lot more sense now.
Hollywood + Religion + Patriotism = The Average American Ideology.

Carolee - posted on 07/26/2011

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Parts of that "prayer" was from a movie. It was a comedy about racing called, "Taladega Nights". Racing people in the US generally have a good sense of humor about that.

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