A high school football team in Illinois has taken a bold stance in response to complaints about praying before and after games.
Players at Naperville Central High School in Naperville say they are standing behind their coach after the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint about the coach praying with players. The school district has mandated that coaches of all sports not take part in prayers. However, a statement signed by the Naperville Central football team (not pictured above) was released to the local media, throwing their support in with the coach.
The statement included the following words:
"We, as a football team and a family, give Coach Stine our full support. He is the best coach in the state and cares about each and every one of us more than any other coach cares about his players. We are proud that he is willing to stand up for his faith and for the example he sets for us. He is a role model for every one of us in a world where true male role models are becoming few and far between. The players will continue this tradition of praying before our games and would like to extend an invitation to all members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation to come out next fall and watch us pray and play the game we love. Go Redhawks."
Steve McConkey, director of the sports ministry 4WINDS, says kudos to the players for standing behind a man who has been a positive influence on them with his faith and leadership.
"Even kids are beginning to understand the freedoms they have,” he adds. “This will be a good civics lesson for them to know that they can stand up and pray. God is still working and the enemy cannot stop prayer. I think that's a welcome insight to what's going on here."
McConkey tells OneNewsNow that the young people taking such a stand themselves need prayer as well.
"We're in a spiritual battle and we need to be praying for Christian kids throughout the United States, that they would continue their boldness and not cave in to the liberal left agenda to silence Christians," he says.
McConkey also urges prayer for the Freedom From Religion Foundation that their eyes would be opened to the truth of Christ.