A Nascar Prayer

26 Jul

Need a good laugh?  Need to learn how not to pray… ever?  I figure our “Not By Might” sermon series has led us to a lot of conversation about prayer, so this would be appropriate.  Compliments of Pastor Joe Nelms of Family Baptist Church in Lebanon, TN.  I still can’t tell if this is reality or an SNL spoof… Oh Lord, please have mercy on us!!!



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4 responses to “A Nascar Prayer

  1. Tim Polack

    July 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Read about that last night here.
    Mixed thoughts about it…but generally speaking, not appropriate. Which is contrary to the majority of people according to this poll.

  2. Noah

    July 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    interesting poll Tim. You know it’s funny, I’ve never seen “Talladega Nights” so I had no idea it was a reference to that movie when I first watched the clip.

    I think it’s one thing to make jokes as a pastor, as I think God definitely has sense of humor. But using jokes about prayer during prayer is off-base, especially in a setting like that. Knowing he was using a movie reference (which I guess is good, means he isn’t just a total moron), it seems like Nelms was just using the opportunity to pray on national TV (which is a pretty amazing opportunity to shine the light of Christ) to make himself famous/funny, rather than say anything to God or give God any glory, which is what prayer is for. It felt like he was mocking prayer / mocking God, which isn’t the greatest idea in the world.

    it’s not something i’m up in arms about though, there is so much of this stuff that goes on (especially in the South it seems) like TV preachers doing dumb things that are so sad/stupid they become funny–I guess I’ve gotten used to it

  3. .sg

    July 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I like the earlier section in which you could hear, “this prayer to God is brought you to by….” I’m surprised he didn’t thank Miller Lite.

    • Noah

      July 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      he wouldn’t have said Miller Lite because we all know God drinks Guinness! Which we know thanks to “God and Guinness Book” of course, and because God with a light beer is just wrong


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