Good for Jeremy Lin

Cal Thomas

Good for Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin plays basketball for the New York Knicks. He is from Taiwan and is a Harvard graduate. Lin is also a serious Christian, which prompted one media outlet to label him "The Taiwanese Tebow," referring to Denver quarterback Tim Tebow.

Lin has helped spark a winning streak for the Knicks and in two weeks turned him into a celebrity in the country's No. 1 media market. He is a source of great pride in the Asian-American community and in Asia.

In an interview with the New York Post, Lin was asked how he wants to use the platform sudden notoriety has given him. He answered: "For God, for God's glory, and I think that's shown in a lot of different ways. It simply  could be the way I live my life, what I talk about in my interviews, what I talk about through social media. It could be what I do in my spare time, what I do through my foundation ... just a lot of different things."

I like that answer. St. Francis said, "Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words." Words ultimately are necessary -- God's words -- but living a consistent life for Christ is often a good way to get people to listen to those words. Good for Jeremy Lin.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: February 20, 2012