N.Y. Knicks' Jeremy Lin Seen as 'Taiwanese Tebow'

By Burke, Daniel | The Christian Century, March 21, 2012 | Go to article overview

N.Y. Knicks' Jeremy Lin Seen as 'Taiwanese Tebow'


Burke, Daniel, The Christian Century


New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin's underdog story and outspoken evangelical faith have some sportswriters dubbing him the "Taiwanese Tebow."

But while Lin and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow share similar Christian convictions, Lin's sudden stardom is even more miraculous.

Several weeks ago, the Harvard University graduate was buried on the bench and crashing on friends' couches. Stadium security guards mistook Lin for a team trainer.

After injuries to teammates, though, Lin was inserted into the starting lineup. The Knicks promptly went on a winning streak and rose in the NBA standings, with their new point guard leading the way. New Yorkers and Asian-Americans across the country succumbed to a frenzy of "Linsanity."

Fans splurged for replicas of Lin's jersey, the TV ratings of Knicks games skyrocketed and shares of the Madison Square Garden Company, which owns the basketball team, soared by mid-February.

Like any good point guard, Lin knows the art of the pass--distributing the praise to his teammates and to God. "I'm just thankful to God for everything," Lin said in a postgame interview. "Like the Bible says, 'God works in all things for the good of those who love him.'"

Lin's passing reference to Romans 8:28 was caught by his longtime pastor, Stephen Chen of Redeemer Bible Fellowship, a ministry within the Chinese Church in Christ in Mountain View, California.

Chen describes the church as full of first- and second-generation immigrants, like Lin and his parents, who are "conservative in nature" and evangelical in faith.

"Very early in his life he decided to pay heed to the call of Christ to take up the cross daily and follow after him," Chen said.

Even during the basketball season, when games went deep into Saturday night, Lin's family made sure he was in the pews on Sunday morning, Chen said.

Lin also credits his parents with teaching him to play "godly basketball," which measures success by sportsmanship, not stats. …

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