Jeremy Lin Scores Jesus a win

NFL is over but Christians all over the world have something to talk about again when another unnoticed Jesus fan became the darling of social media today. Mashable reported Jeremy Lin is one of the most researched name in the past few days after he gave the New York Knicks a big boost when he led the game and win it for the 1975 NBA Champs.

The last time people got wind of this great team was when Georgetown standout, Patrick Ewing, joined the ball club in 1985. He was picked first when the team got the first crack to pick rookies in the draft via a lottery. The Kninckerbockers never got to win any championships though but they’ve been a constant play-offs show until the famous center injured his wrist in 2000 and got shipped off to the Seattle basketball team franchise.

Would Jeremy Lin become the Christian advocate who will promote biblical values Christians are know for like NFL star, Tim Tebow, did? We’ll see but when you come across this quotes he made on his Facebook account, there’s no mistaking what he might just say next to the glory of God who made it all possible for him to be in this stage of his life.

Lin is now a missionary (in all sense of the word) and his faith has gotten the attention of the world where he has nothing to prove but his faith and love for Jesus.

  • Chinese Name: Lin Shuhao
  • Birthday: August 23, 1988
  • Heritage: Taiwanese-American
  • Hometown: Palo Alto, California
  • College: Harvard student
  • Quick History: Pac-10 didn’t recruit him; Ivy League Harvard and Brown wanted him but will not offer sports scholarship; Left Bay Area and paid his tuition fee in Harvard; Averaged 12.6 points in his sophomore year; Became the first player in Ivy League history to record 1,450 points (1,483), 450 rebounds (487), 400 assists (406) and 200 steals (225); Joined 2010 NBA draft but didn’t land any team in the pros; Got picked up by the Golden State Warriors as a free agent; The SF NBA franchise would send him to the NBA’s D-League program and would prove himself worthy of pros; The Knicks picked him three days before new year but was subsequently sent back to its D-League team Erie Bayhawks but got enlisted again after finishing triple-double (28 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists) in a game against a respected rival; February 4, 2012 became momentous when he scored 25 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 7 assists against the New Jersey Nets.

Lin’s career is a roller coaster ride but his spirit, his God – Jesus Christ – cannot be beat. Will we see more of Jeremy Lin on the court? We just hope he gets more recognition like what Americans gave Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi. Lin deserves more attention (albeit recognition) and just because he’s not flashy it doesn’t mean he’s ineffective.

If you want to join the fray and give the world a shout out for another Asian who’s making it big in this sport of basketball, tweet #Linsanity and give this man of God some high fives. You can also join the growing fans on his Facebook page and represent all Christians in the sporting arena.

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Battle for context: GMA7 and Christopher Lao

News is no longer news if it's out of context

GMA7 News erred big time when it showed Christopher Lao’s pitiful situation on national television showing him angry at the authorities (or people in the neighborhood) for not warning drivers – like him – of the waist-deep flood along Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City. The public then took the news online and  in two days, Christopher Lao became all too famous for being selfish, arrogant, and indignant person blaming other but not himself.

For their part, the Kapuso news team didn’t think the item would be harmful to Mr. Lao.  They took it just as that – news. What they didn’t take into consideration was the online community’s appetite – wrong or not – for things like this that they can just share with others without thinking. What the GMA News team failed to think about is the context of Mr. Lao’s reasoning why he did what he did.

Since 24-Oras took the story to their nightly newscast, they should’ve been fair not just to Mr. Lao but to the public. The public was fed by what the news anchor, Mel Tiangco, said and told the viewers – that Mr. Lao was not apologetic and was even blaming others (the government in particular) but himself. This was GMA News’ context but not Mr. Lao’s. As read in this article, Christopher Lao: GMA7 News Victim, Mr. Lao was rushing to get to his family. The GMA reporter failed to ask that all-important question and concentrated his story in showing Mr. Lao as an angry man and made him to appear unfavorably in the eyes of the public.

Big network companies like GMA 7, ABS-CBN, TV5, and other news channels delivering information should understand the all-important rule and responsibility to be more circumspect in giving their spins on news they deliver – especially if they do not have all the facts. In fact, getting the context of a story should be included in getting the facts right because it’s not fun to be judged nor to be put on the microscope and scrutinized unfairly like what happened to Mr. Lao.