By now I am sure that everyone has seen or heard of Pastor Joe Nelms and his "Talladega Nights" Prayer. Many are calling this the best NASCAR prayer ever. Well I beg to differ with this claim. Pastor Nelms seems to be looking for his 15 minutes of fame at the cost of the name of Jesus. In this pray you can here Pastor Nelms thanking many people and organizations which is questionable to begin with than he goes right off the deep end by thanking God for his "smokin hot wife" .taking an already questionable prayer right into blasphemous grounds.
I don't know what Pastor Nelms was trying to accomplish here but whatever it was he failed. He did succeed at disgracing the name of Christ and trivializing the work Christ did on the cross. Pastor Nelms had a great chance to reach thousands with the Gospel message in a pray instead he decided to quote a movie line. Pastor Nelms has not only blundered the prayer and chance to glorify God but has taken the chance of causing how many countless number of people to possibly stumbled in their Christian walk. As Christians we are told in Romans to be mindful of such actions that may cause our brothers to stumble in their walk with Christ. By praying the way Pastor Nelms prayed he has given credence to such crude movies as "Talladega Nights". This movie is by far not a Christian friendly movie and pastor Nelms may not be stumbled by this movie but he should not be promoting such movies among possible weaker Brothers and sisters in Christ. This does not even address what kind of example is this of a pastor to the non believer? As Christians we are called to be the salt of the world, not to be of the world. Pastor Nelms seems to have lost his salt and is more of the world than not. A non believer hearing or seeing this prayer would see no difference between himself and this pastor in their beliefs and conclude why should they believe anything this pastor or any other pastor has to say about their need for Christ and salvation from sin.
It has been said that you can tell a lot about where a man's or woman's heart is and how they do or don't treasure God from what they pray about.
I have to question this pastor's mindset about God and how he treasures God from his prayer. His actions lead me to think that this pastor has a questionable character at best. He needs to repent of this publicly and come forth and explain why he did what he did using the word of God not a quote from a movie. In my opionion Pastor Nelms turned the NASCAR prayer time into the worst prayer ever.