U.S. Christian soccer player withdraws from friendlies after announcement on Gay Pride jerseys

A Christian athlete has withdrawn from two international friendlies in June after U.S. Soccer announced that the national teams would be showing their support for gay pride this month by wearing rainbow-colored jerseys.

(REUTERS / Elijah Nouvelage)A man waves a rainbow flag while observing a gay pride parade in San Francisco, California June 28, 2015.

The national U.S. soccer team announced two weeks ago that in support of gay pride in June, both men's and women's teams would be wearing jerseys with rainbow designs. In the wake of that announcement, Christian player Jaelene Hinkle, a defender for the North Carolina Courage, withdrew from the roster in the friendlies against Sweden and Norway because of "personal reasons," The Christian Post reported.

Based on U.S. Soccer's announcement, the Men's National team debuted their Pride jerseys on their game against Venezuela in Utah, while the Women's National Team, on the other hand, wore their pro-LGBT apparel in the match against Sweden and are expected to sport them against Norway. The jerseys are also open for orders from the public and are customizable, Outsports details.

Although the Post did not confirm if the gay pride jerseys were the cause of Hinkle's withdrawal from the games this month, it noted that she proudly displays her Christian faith on social media. On Twitter, she posted the verse Colossians 3:23, which talked about doing things happily for the Lord and not for men.

"If you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection," said Hinkle in the tagline.

After the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, Hinkle posted a message on Instagram that celebrated Jesus Christ's mission to redeem the lost and the abandoned.

"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," Hinkle said on Instagram. "That through our love, the lost, rejected, and abandoned find Christ."

Although the rainbow is being used by the LGBT community to represent their cause, Hinkle said it symbolized God's promise that He will never forsake mankind.

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