February 24, 2012
The sudden rise to fame of Taiwanese Christian NBA player Jeremy Lin has received the attention of many Chinese Christians, and has inspired many who face persecution in their Communist homeland, the Christian Post reports. Chinese media has largely stifled any mentions of Lin's Christianity in covering his basketball play, typical of the government's attempts to control religious practices, but Lin's story has nonetheless caught the attention of Christians throughout the country. One Chinese Internet wrote, "[Lin's] physical agility has shown me the glory and omnipotence of God." Another wrote: "How should young Christians live the life of the Lord? We have a good example in Lin Shuhao's miraculous performance and we should cheer him on." Hu Shubang, a seminary student at Zhejiang Theological Seminary in Hangzhou, said Lin could become a symbol for Christians in China to use in seeking converts. "Just by his being a Christian, it is a fantastic way to broadcast the ways of Christ," Hu said.