This was the prayer before the NASCAR Nationwide Series race this evening:Yep, that's why Jesus died for you, Southern style.
Have you seen the movie "Talladega Nights"? The prayer was a direct rif on a scene in that movie (the thank god for my smokin' hot wife is almost verbatim). It's possible that this is a minister with a sense of humor and a sense of proportion--i.e., recognizing that a prayer before a sporting event is a bit silly anyway.Or it could be a guy who's so bastardized his Christianity with local culture that he can't distinguish between them. Whichever, I'm sure a large proportion of his audience fits the second category, which would make the prayer unwise even if the preacher fits the first cateogry.
I caught a small portion of Talladega Nights the other night on TV and it was every bit as bad as I expected. But I missed the prayer scene you're referring to.Strange that a preacher would riff off a Hollywood film that was playing Christians for laughs. I can see doing that in a setting where everyone knows you, but doing it in front of umpteen thousand strangers would be a major lapse in judgment, I would think.Btw, if you want to see a movie that realistically portrays auto racing, you must rent "Grand Prix," the 1966 film with James Garner and Yves Montand. They filmed the real F1 races from the 1966 season and made the actors learn to drive F3 cars so that they could film them on-track. It plays up the mayhem of 1960's racing, but the racing scenes are absolutely fantastic.
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