by Melissa Brunner
A pastor's prayer before the Nascar Nationwide series race in Nashville last weekend has become a YouTube sensation. If you missed it, here's a link to one of its many postings on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J74y88YuSJ8&feature=related.
In a nutshell, Joe Nelms delivered an empassioned blessing, thanking the Lord for things that make racing what it is - Goodyear tires, Sunoco racing fuel, the Toyotas and the Dodges and the Fords.... oh, and there's a line about his "smokin' hot wife." It ends with "boogity, boogity, boogity - Amen." It's so catchy, your YouTube search will even bring up a version set to music.
The pan of the racers and crowd during the prayer shows lots of smiles and laughs. The aftermath has brought mixed reactions. Some people think it was great to see his enthusiasm and appreciation for the sport of racing. Others think it was inappropriate and disrespectful as a prayer.
What are your thoughts?