With all the buzz surrounding Jeremy Lin’s 25 point, 7 assist outburst against the New Jersey Nets this past Saturday, I wanted to revisit a post I made over a year ago on the true identity of Jeremy Lin.
Regardless of how Lin’s career pans out, his identity remains secure in Christ.
Ok I admit I got caught up in the hype regarding Jeremy Lin becoming the first Asian-American player in the NBA since 1947. Growing up as a boy who loved basketball, that was my dream.
But what I respect about Jeremy Lin aside from his basketball skills, is his perspective. Check out what he had to say about his identity in a recent interview with Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN:
How important is the [Asian-American] identity stuff?
You know, it’s important but not as important as my being a Christian. That’s first and foremost the most important thing to me when it comes to my identity.
Is it more important to your folks?
No. We believe in the same thing. That’s how our house is and how I was raised. We’ve always taken our Christianity and our walks with God as our first priority.
Jeremy doesn’t see himself as an amazing basketball player or an Asian-American as much as he sees himself as a follower of Christ.
Another reason I like the guy is he actually wants to be like me down the road and I have to say that is encouraging.
“I still want to be a pastor somewhere down the line, that is something that is definitely on my radar,” he said. “I have an economics degree with a minor in sociology. The reason I have that is because I want to do a ministry in urban areas and help with underprivileged kids.” AP article
*I told my Senior Pastor, Cory Ishida, that if the Lakers signed Jeremy, we should offer him a pastoral internship. He said I could be in charge of setting it up. Alas, Jeremy signed with Golden State …
Here are highlights of the game against John Wall that practically sent Jeremy to the NBA: