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
by Timothy Lo on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 3:20pm
I’ve been seeing and hearing lots of comments about Lin in the NBA being like Tebow in the NFL. I’m not sure exactly what the correlation is supposed to be, except that it probably has something to do with being a Christian. But I, personally, don’t want Lin to be the Tebow of the NBA…
I think many Asian-Americans, especially males, have tried to fit into America and are still trying to be accepted by the general Caucasian culture (or the African-American culture, as it might be in the NBA). In that sense, I hope that Lin doesn’t feel the pressure to BE like anyone, but just be himself. I actually get choked up when I see his highlights, because Lin is shattering the typical Asian-American stereotypes (he’s not an immigrant like Yao Ming, Dice-K, or many others) that I grew up with. If his success continues, he will redefine perception and be a trailblazer himself. I don’t know what it looks like, or what it will do for Asian-Americans. But he has much more on his shoulders and in his potential than Tim Tebow does, because he is not only Christian, but an Asian-American Christian.
Continue reading “An open letter to Jeremy Lin”
Ok folks – let’s get started with a hot topic in sports and Christianity. For those of you who do not know who this young man is, please CLICK on this pix, to go to his own personal website.
Lots of good tid bits of who he is and his mission in life. Interestingly, a Taiwanese American from NoCal goes to Harvard (go figure), plays basketball, and ends up having the 2 best career games on the main stage of Madison Square Garden in NYC (Highlights Game 1 NJ, Game 2 Utah)- after sitting on the bench most of his rookie year in Golden State last year. So aside from being another Asian bball player we root for, why are we going nuts over this stud?
If he wasn’t drafted by any NBA team, Jeremy would have ended up being a pastor for Asian American ministries. Heavily active in his faith and outspoken (Time magazine article), you start to wonder, is he the next Tim Tebow of the NBA?
I am sure this conversation will spark some interest, and I want to know if there is something about Christianity mixing with Sports. Is there room for the limelight and the stage for God to display His Glory to the world? Do we dare ask if God cares enough to control outcomes…meaning the more success Tim Tebow or Jeremy Lin wins, the more we talk about God and Faith in sports? Let the questions and the comments begin….
Other crazy highlights:
John Wall #1 pick vs J-Lin at the Summer NBA camp