I love this game. I absolutely love this game. Admittedly, I have no reason to love this game — I can’t jump, can’t run, can’t shoot, can’t pass, can’t block — put simply, I’m really not that good at the game of basketball. In fact, it’s a curiosity to my wife who has raised an eyebrow and said to me, “Most people participate in hobbies that they’re good at, honey.” To which I could only shrug and say, “I know, but what can I do? What are you telling me, don’t participate in anything? ” (I have a strange masochistic streak where if I cut myself down first, it saves everyone time.)
And that’s OK. I blame my genes or memes, whatever. I have accepted the fact that it will be many more years before Asians can exert any influence in the game of basketball. I can only name 4 Asian NBA basketball players off the top of my head:
The notion that there would be an Asian head coach or even team owner is ludicrous at this rate. And I dare not even think of it really, at least not something that would strike me as a real issue to be brought up. But in reading a chat transcript on ESPN the other day, I came across a question that made me think of what the ramifications were.
Derrick Concord NC: How many african american owners will be in the NBA by 2010?
Brian Windhorst: I think everyone is hoping more than one. But Bob Johnson hasn’t exactly been thrilled so far with his investment in Charlotte.
I never thought about this from the perspective of an African-American fan/player/executive in regards to basketball. Black athletes dominate the sport, there is no doubt. They are ubiquitous in every facet of the game except ownership. And that absence is a curious one.
What does this have to do with Asian Leaders in Christianity?
The way Christianity is shaping up to look globally, it is most likely to look very different from the Western, white Christianity of the last, oh 2,000 years. The faces representing Christianity will, and must increasingly be, Latino, Asian, and Black. Some of the world’s largest and most vibrant Christian communities are in China and Korea. South Korea, I’ve heard recently, has surpassed the United States in the number of missionaries that it sends out.
Don’t get me wrong, I admire the movers and the shakers that I see: Rick Warren, Rob Bell, Tim Keller, Andy Stanley, John Piper, Mark Driscoll, et. al. and perhaps I need to put my ear to the ground a bit more in terms of seeking these Asian leaders, but I long to hear their voice and to hear their perspective of what Christ can and will do in the world. I know I’m not entitled to it, but if Asians will be ubiquitous in every aspect of the global church but not in leadership, it is a curious absence.