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Page 8 October 3, 1998 of: ARKANSAS CATHOLIC By Jesse Abraham e's not your typical race car driver. He's dominat- ed the NASCAR Circut in '98 including winning four races in a row at one stretch. He also goes to the beach, lis- tens to the top 40 music and loves the Lord. He's attracting new interest to the sport and we wanted to find out why... Jeff Gordon wins but another race YOUTH BEA~. Jeff, where does your story begin? JEFF GORDON: Well, my stepfa- ther and my mother bought me and my sister a Quarter Midget (a go-cart-type buggy) when I was four--years old. After that I just wanted to drive anything and everything. YB: It's been great year in rac- ing for you. What's the secret of your success? JG: A lot of people don't realize that racing is about team-work. We have been really blessed. The Lord has looked on us. And for whatever reason, He's picked us to go out there and try to Glorify Him. And we have been very proud to do it. YB: Have you always been a Christian? JG: No, not always. I didn't grow up in a Christian family or go to church or anything. It really started to come about when I got into Nascar. They have a church service at each race and we travel with chapel services. That and meeting my wife were the two biggest influences on me. YB: How has having a relation- ship with Jesus made a differ- ence in your life? JG I needed the Lord, and I am for- tunate now to have Him in my life. He brings so much peace and helps me be confident in my life, in deci- sions, and in racing. I am a true believer that prayer does work. And there are times that people don't realize that whether you are on the PU BY: Magazine top or on the bottom, there will be obstacles in your life. Whether it be inspiration or guidance, it helps me have confidence, com- fort, and less anxiety. Especially in racing. YB: Jeff, I read that you have a Bible verse on the dash board for your races. JG: My wife finds a verse and we put it on my steering wheel. Every race has different obstacles and there are verses that relate to all our concerns. Dear Youth Beat: I know that God meant for us to be het- erosexual, but there is so much talk nowa- days about how "gay is okay." How do I defend the Catholic view on homo- sexuality without sounding hateful? --Steadfast Dear Steadfast: It can certainly be confusing, in this age of political cor- rectness, to understand the Church's view. Attraction to members of the same sex (homosexual orientation) is not a sin in itself. But, God does call us to chastity, in which sex is reserved only for husband and wife. Homosexual acts are a conscious choice, and they go against God's plan for human sexuality because they are not open to the gift of life. Our Church does not teach or tolerate hatred against homosexuals. Rather, the Church calls those with a homosexual orientation, as it calls all unmarried people, to service and non-sexual Christian love. capab sized Alt Video Plann in St. PaPal Do yoo havo quo~ about Hfo? Wrlto to ,1)oar Youth Boat,,. at FOffl MaJnifftm. ones a lines a year.