It’s a press release from an organization with an agenda, so I take it with a grain of salt, and, to be honest, most of what’s contained in it doesn’t really bother me. (In fact, the news that the Fellowship of Christian Athletes auctioned an “authentic” Todd Gurley jersey at a gala made me chuckle, for reasons I’m sure you can guess.)
But I will say that if this is true, it does make me a bit uncomfortable:
Kevin “Chappy” Hynes, UGA’s chaplain and brother-in-law to head coach Mark Richt, is on a mission to win souls, FFRF charges. Championships are great, but souls are better: “Our message at Georgia doesn’t change, and that’s to preach Christ and Him crucified, it’s to win championships for the state of Georgia and win souls for the Kingdom of God, so we’re going to continue down that path.” He also “tr[ies] to get these guys plugged in to church…”
Hynes admits he seeks to convert non-Christians. “I tell people … that come to Georgia that are not Christians and allow me to speak in their lives, I encourage them to walk with Jesus,” Hynes said. “I encourage them to get into Bible study. I encourage them to get in the Word. I encourage them to memorize Scripture.”
No state employee should be proselytizing on the job, and when it’s the head coach’s brother-in-law, like it or not, that’s pressure, no matter how well-meaning, that’s gonna carry some weight.
I’ve defended Richt’s tolerance before and sincerely doubt he’d let things get out of hand, but if this is really going on, for appearances’ sake alone, it might not be a bad idea to come up with an alternative.