Jeremy Lin’s Christian Faith (Part 3)

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Jeremy Lin hits the game-winner to lift Knicks over Raptors for their sixth straight win.

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Here is a portion of an interview with Jeremy Lin about his faith:

Evangelical Portal

The Faith and Fate of Jeremy Lin

As an Asian-American, this basketball phenom at Harvard is blazing a trail. As a Christian, he’s striving to walk in faith.

By, March 03, 2010

An Interview with Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and led his basketball team at Palo Alto High School to the state championships in his senior year.  At Harvard University, Lin has built a national following, has been hailed as one of the finest point guards in the nation, and stands poised to enter the NBA as a high draft pick and the first Asian-American to achieve prominence in the NBA. 

Lin is among those receiving the highest number of votes for the Bob Cousy award, given annually to the nation’s most effective point guard.  He has been profiled in Time, Sports Illustrated and ESPN: The Magazine, as well as countless basketball magazines and newspapers from the United States to China. 

He spoke with Timothy Dalrymple in his dorm room at Harvard University.

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A Patheos interview of Harvard basketball phenom Jeremy Lin, taken February 25, 2010 by Timothy Dalrymple.

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How does your faith shape the way you behave on the court?  Are you a different basketball player because you are a Christian?

Not just in basketball, but I think in life, when you’re called to be a Christian, you’re automatically called to be different from everyone else.  In today’s world of basketball, it makes you really different, because the things that society values aren’t necessarily in line with what God values. 

Much of it comes down to humility.  We as Christians are called to be humble.  And if we really understand the gospel, we will be humble.  We should be humble, and understand that everything that is good comes from God. 

We are also called to turn the other cheek and love our enemies.  There are times on the basketball court when people will say things to you, and you just have to bite your tongue and love them.  It’s almost as though you have to love then even more, and that love means more if they’re wronged you. 

Society focuses so much on individual stats and wins and losses.  To a certain extent, you can control those things.  But to play for God means to leave the records and the statistics up to Him and give your best effort and allow God to figure out whether you win or lose, whether you play or shoot the ball well that game.  So I just try to make sure that I work hard and in a godly way.  I prepare myself as well as I can, and at every point during the game I try to submit myself to God and let Him use me.

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