The Freedom From Religion Foundation, along with the U.S. Supreme Court has done a good job in recent years of banishing public prayers at high school and college sporting events by citing the separation of church and state.
Public schools who receive funding from state government or the federal government have fallen victim to the pressure of lawsuits and the reduction of government subsidies if they do not cease public prayer.
A private business is different, however, and doesn’t have to adhere to any pressure of the U.S. Supreme Court when it comes to the separation of church and state.
NASCAR is a family owned and operated business venture founded by Bill France, Sr. in 1948. As long as their paying customers don’t mind, then Jesus is just alright with NASCAR.
Case in point, let’s take a look at this past Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 race that took place at the Richmond International Raceway.
A pre-race tribute was given to long time Fox Racing broadcaster Steve Byrnes, who died of cancer at age 56 earlier in the week.
The colors were presented and the Reverend Ted Potter of Langley, Va. led the invocation before the crowd in the 71,000 seat stadium. As the fans stood with heads bowed and the race car drivers held their wives and children, the prayer echoed around the track like a southern Baptist anthem.
Dear Lord, as we honor this great remarkable man, I pray for his family, that they might sense our love and our support and that they might be comforted and encouraged from above.
May this race be safe. I think you for these race fans for their patriotic spirit and their belief in You.
We thank you for our military and the sacrifices they make for our freedom. We pray for our wounded warriors.
Bless this race today and God bless America.
In Jesus’ name, shalom, and Amen.
This is a piece of Americana at it’s finest. Although moments such as these are disappearing at many sporting events, Jesus is just alright with NASCAR.