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It’s Lin-spirational

Instead of the immorality, substance abuse, and material indulgences that many famous athletes are known for today, we have a refreshing story evolving of a gifted young athlete who says his rags-to-riches NBA story is “a miracle from God.” “Anytime something like this happens, a lot of stuff has to be put into place, and a lot of it is out of my control.”  “If you look back at my story, doesn’t matter where you look, but God’s fingerprints are all over the place where there have been a lot of things that had to happen that I couldn’t control.”

The beauty of this story is the innocence of it. With his team struggling, the undrafted, Harvard-educated point guard got the opportunity to play and he promptly went on an amazing tear averaging 27 points and 9 assists over a six-game stretch and ended up on this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated. All the while Jeremy reminds us, “ You can try to call it coincidence but at the end of the day, there are 20, 30 things when you combine them all, that had to happen at the right time in order for me to be here. That’s why I call it a miracle.”

As Lin wins games night after night, he remains humbled and embarrassed by the overwhelming media attention. He does his best to deflect it all. He talks about the team, about winning. He came out on Tuesday night and tried to tell people the Knicks weren’t winning because of him, but because of the way they had come together. He didn’t want to talk about his shot or his accomplishments. He praised his teammates, one by one: Shumpert’s defense; Fields’ floor game; Chandler’s muscle inside; the plays that D’Antoni called for them.

His accomplishments, both athletically and personally, are to be commended and respected. We hope his example is one that we will see more frequently in professional sports.

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Thank you Pam. That is really wonderful. I am thankful for prominent athletes with wonderful testimonies. Praise the Lord!

Pam,
It was beautiful for you to feature this heart warming story of a young American that people could look to as a good role model. This is the kind of thing I love to see AMAC talking about. Our values are being eroded by the liberals and I’m happy AMAC stands up for our beliefs.

Thank you John! AMAC is here to represent the values of faith, family and freedom and we will continue to do all we can to promote these beliefs on behalf of our membership

No question about it–Lin is a true success story and an inspiration. I wish him continued success. It is not that unusual for an athlete, or a successful one in any other field, to give credit to God. But is Lin a Christian?

Hi Gary, Yes, Jeremy is a Christian. You may enjoy the following excerpt from an interview he did online: Can you tell us about your faith background and how you got into basketball? Do you think that God called you onto the basketball court? My faith and my basketball began separately, then slowly converged, and now they influence each other. But when I first started playing basketball, I was five years old, and my dad put a ball in my hands. Ever since I was a little kid, I just loved to play this game. I was always in the gym. I loved playing. That’s what I did for fun, all the time. My parents also took me to church ever since I was a little kid. I grew up in the church, but I didn’t really become a Christian until I was a freshman in high school. That’s when… Read more »
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