“My Smokin’ Hot Wife”: the NASCAR Prayer

Joe Nelms, the pastor of Family Baptist Church in Tennessee gave an invocation at a racing event in which he thanked God for his “smokin’ hot wife.” Apparently this is controversial.

On the one hand, I thank God for my smokin’ hot wife all the time. She is, even though she doesn’t always realize it. Thanking God for your spouse is good. Believing that your spouse is attractive and wonderful and thanking God for that is even better. There is the question of tact and taste in referring to this on natinoal television, but I don’t begrudge the man for loving his wife.

There is a problem with why he prayed it, on the other hand. It wasn’t really for God. He said, “I want to get somebody’s attention, so that’s been our desire every time we’ve been up there, to try to make an impact on the fans and give them something they’ll remember, and maybe they’ll go home on a Friday night or a Saturday night and say, ‘Maybe I ought to get up and go to church in the morning.” In other words, he prayed this for people, to get a reaction.

This is not prayer at all. It’s a sermon, at best. At worst, an advertisement, manipulation or grandstanding.

6 comments on ““My Smokin’ Hot Wife”: the NASCAR Prayer

  1. I think it is quite easy, especially in America, to preach a (short) sermon when really all one needs is a prayer.

  2. I wonder if it occurred to him that a certain number of his audience might be tempted to show up just to get another eyeful of said wife, or might show up just looking for smokin’ hot single people? I’ve heard radio spots for many churches that sounded like ads for a singles clubs. Worse, I’ve heard men talk to friends about how they should start attending certain churches because the women in those congregations are “easy” or “slutty”. Now, I’m happy that this man thinks so highly of his wife and her physical charms, but without having any more familiarity with his church than this one story, I do wonder how much his words here might inadvertently encourage this kind of disrespectful attitude in his congregation. I mean, I hope he’s clear with his flock about the spiritual dangers of lust, and how they shouldn’t recruit new members by pimping their sisters-in-faith (whether the sisters consent or not), but something tells me that like a few other pastors, he just pats everyone on the head and sends them on their merry way.

    1. Wait a minute, you’re talking about me now with that head-patting merry way business, aren’t you?

      And wow. Seriously slutty women in congregations? I’m relatively speechless about that one. Calling it “pimping their sisters-in-faith…” that is well-put.

      1. Ha, of course I am not talking about you. You have always been very nice to women and excellent about not doing things that make us feel bad. 🙂

        I was a bit speechless at the slutty remarks too. It’s the kind of thing I see coming out of one or two of those churches with the stadium seating and high-end A/V system. There are many reasons I am skeptical of such places.

      2. Oh geez, I thought his line sounded familiar, and I was right. As if this wasn’t bad enough, he stole the line from Talledega Nights. I love Will Ferrell and all, but that’s just cheesy.

  3. I did hear similar things in college… not so much with “go to church to find them” — but just that some certain types of religious gals would be not as worried because they thought if they just went to Church on Sunday whatever they did was okay.

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