This is my own response to my original posting Is Jeremy Lin the next Tim Tebow for Basketball?
I had one week to reflect on this. One week of the American Sports World taking this to new heights. One week of Taiwanese flags flying all over MSG stadium. To assess any situation objectively, we need to <PAUSE> and look at it with objectivity.
For this past week or so, with all the heights and drama, we now see JLIN on the front cover of Sports Illustrated.
I love the story lines. I root for Jlin (even against the Lakers). This is what every kid in American needs to have ingrained in their work ethics. Be coach-able, be persevering, be humble. The blue-collar middle class should look up to this stud, because he is what we dream of… Work hard enough, you’ll get your chance. I applaud this because it is a value I hold dear…. BUT HE IS NOT TEBOW, not yet.
After 1 week, I was trying to notice something different. I was looking to see where the GOSPEL would sneak in. I was looking to see if he would bring FAITH and SPORTS into the same conversation. As a devout Christian, I wanted him to give credit to a bigger cause. I was waiting for him to be TEBOW… where he undeniably gives credit and shares his love and compassion to the un-reached people of this world. I was waiting for him to use the STAGE of STARDOM to unleash God’s message of hope. This is why Tebow was controversial. This is why you see stories written on Tebow’s legacy by famous sports writers like Rick Reily’s “Believing in Tim Tebow”. It’s his work off the field for the LORD that caught the world by surprise.
So my answer to my blog…. NO – not even close. Not Yet. Good, but not close… I pray that his story one day will bring hope to a world that doesnt need more “success” stories, but more “Gospel” stories.
Video: Jlin story from NBA.COM