Two prominent young Christian athletes have been named to Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow and New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin made the list, even though one is a backup (Tebow) and the other will miss the remainder of his season due to injury (Lin).
In reporting the story, The Washington Post wrote of Tebow, “The backup quarterback for the New York Jets has become a polarizing figure in football, in part because of his outward displays of Christian faith.” That’s how the world sees forthright Christians these days — if they talk about their faith, they are controversial or polarizing or divisive. Despite the jabs they often receive, these two young men are willing to keep talking about the importance of knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In the midst of a constant barrage of sports controversies, Tebow and Lin remain humble and examples of how Christians should conduct themselves.
Lin wrote about Tebow for the Time magazine feature, saying, “He is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that consistently reflects his values, day in and day out.” That should be how all of us who follow Jesus Christ should be trying to live our lives each day. I’m very thankful that these young men are inspiring others, especially young sports fans, how to diligently follow the living Christ.