Pastor Joe Nelms Federated Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series Race Prayer (Video)

Pastor Joe Nelms Federated Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series Race Prayer (Video)

Pastor Joe Nelms of the Family Baptist Church delivers the invocation before Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  1. Pastor Joe Nelms invocation was a huge disappointment and a lost opportunity. The invocation is to thank God for the opportunity for us to have such events and to bless all involved. Finally to ask his blessing to protect the drivers, crews and fans. This invocation was a mockery of the Christian faith and NASCAR should be ashamed to support such an individual. The invocation is NOT a time for entertainment or sponsor support. Carl Edwards should take some time to attend church today since you have it off.
    Very sad that one of the only places where open prayer is accepted is being lost. Shame on Pastor Helms and NASCAR.

    1. RiverAngel42

      Thanks for your comment. I was wondering what people might think of his prayer. However you said shame on him and NASCAR, does NASCAR have any control over what he said? I don’t follow NASCAR so I don’t know how they do things but as Christians we are getting to an interesting place when there is a feeling that Pastors need to be censored.
      Be Blessed and have a wonderful Sunday!

      1. RiverAngel42,
        Pastor Nelms has been doing this sort of irreverent prayer at the Nashville Motor Speedway for several years. Yesterday was by far the worst but they are all bad. NASCAR chooses who leads the invocation. They like to talk about the family nature of there sport when it suits them. So that is why I placed blame on them as well.
        I wish you a Blessed and wonderful day as well.

    2. Anonymous

      I suspect that no matter the content of his prayer, someone would take umbrage and see It out of place.

      1. Larry,
        I am sure that an atheist would be upset with a proper invocation prayer. So I guess you are correct in your statement.

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  2. sgilbert83

    I have a huge problem with such a prayer coming out of the mouth of someone who has accepted Christ as their personal savior. Having the opportunity to pray at such an event is an open door to plant the seed of the word of God in the lives of people that may never step foot in a church or stop to listen to someone trying to preach the gospel. All I heard here is someone making a prayer into a huge, laughing joke. Last time I studied up on speaking/praying to God, I understood we are to do it in a respectful/fearful manner. Just saying.

  3. Scott Henderson

    Now folks, wonder how many non-Christians or non-practicing Christians heard that prayer because of its content. I personally saw it because of the content, not having watched the race Saturday night, I heard about the prayer, watched it on youtube and even posted it on my Facebook page. I enjoyed it, as I am sure, thousands of others did. Thank you Pastor Joe.

    1. Scott,
      I pray that beyond enjoying the comments from Pastor Joe that you feel closer to Jesus Christ. If so, then all is good.
      IMHO, it was not a prayer. Just my perspective.

      1. Scott K.

        Praise God for Joe Nelms and his prayer Saturday nite! A Godly man reaching out to Christians and non-Christians alike exalting our King of Kings in all things being thankful! Kudo’s to him for pointing out the wonderful relations our Good Lord has blessed us with in holy matrimony and for him being thankful for his wife and kids!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!! What an encouragement to me and men all over!!!!!!

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