Wednesday, July 27, 2011

NASCAR Prayer by Pastor Joe Nelms: Smokin Hot Wife, Goodyear Tires, Boogity Amen!

Baptist Pastor Joe Nelms lead the prayer during Saturday's Nationwide Federated Auto Parts 300 NASCAR race in Nashville, Tennessee.

He began his prayer as one might expect any Pastor to begin a benediction, "Heavenly Father we thank you tonight for all your blessings," but then the prayer took a turn for the abnormal. "We want to thank you this night for these mighty machines that you've brought before us. Thank you for the Dodges and the Toyotas and thank you for the Fords."

Nelms went on to thank his Heavenly Father for, among other things, "Goodyear tires that bring performance and power to the track," and Sunoco for its racing fuel.

Yet, the prayer didn't end there. The Pastor made sure to also thank God for his family, starting with, "my smokin' hot wife ... Lisa," and don't forget, "my two children, Eli and Emma, or as we like to call the, 'The Little E's.'"

Nelms ended the prayer with a bang, shouting, "Boogity, boogity, boogity. Amen!"

Watch the video below:

Nelms, who became an overnight internet sensation because of the said invocation, also received a negative attention from those who witnessed the event. But the Pastor stood by his actions.

In an interview on Sirius Satellite's radio show "Tradin' Paint," Nelms defended the invocation he gave:

"I don't want to do the cookie-cutter prayer. Not that we don't need to thank God for our military men and women … not that we don't desire safety for all of the of the officials, workers and drivers, we certainly don't want anything to happen to anybody out there. We need a safe race. But it's the same prayer week in and week out and I'm not sure anybody is even listening to it anymore. So I 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.'" Nelms said.

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