Monday, February 20, 2012

Loving Linsanity!

 The NFL season has ended along with all the hype surrounding the Denver Bronco's quarterback Tim Tebow and his Christian faith. Some were breathing a sigh of relief not having to endure one more picture of the quarterback in a posture of prayer which came to be known as "tebowing." However, others may have been disappointed in not seeing or hearing the name of Jesus lifted up before a watching world. Just when all seemed lost, a new witness has appeared on the scene in the NBA player Jeremy Lin. Many have followed his Cinderella story from an obscure nobody to the hottest rising star in the NBA. It seems New York is getting a lot of attention these days from the Giants unbelievable Super Bowl win to the Knicks new found confidence and energy because of Jeremy Lin's on court skills. However, the best part is we now have another sports figure who is open about his faith in Christ. Lin may not be as demonstrative with his faith as Tebow but he can be seen bowing his head in silent prayer before a game. In a recent interview, Lin was asked how he stays so focused with his sudden new found fame and all the media attention. His response was that he stays grounded by being in the Word of God and recognizing that he is not superior to anyone but is a sinner just like everyone else. What! Did he say the "s" word? Moreover, did he have the audacity to suggest that everyone is a sinner? Yes it's true. The Bible states, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.." (Roman's 3:23) Furthermore, Romans 3:10-12 adds, "As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." Jeremy Lin is merely stating the truth openly and honestly as a follower of Jesus Christ. And although we may never become over night sensations nor have our names recorded in history we, like Lin, are to be faithful witnesses to the world in whatever environment we find ourselves. As Peter exhorts us, "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." (1 Peter 4:15-16) Jeremy Lin is clearly an example of one who is not ashamed of the gospel for he truly believes it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. (Romans 1:16)
To God Be The Glory!
Pastor Sheree

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