Forbes is reporting that NBA star Jeremy Lin, a devout Christian who plays point guard for the Charlotte Hornets, has a huge presence on social media – and that his popularity has a lot to do with Lin’s faith.
Reporter Mark J. Burns notes that Lin has over 500,000 subscribers on YouTube with over 50 million views. Lin, 27, has over 3 million Facebook fans. Burns writes that “according to MVPindex, which calculates athletes’ follower counts, engagement and online sentiment into an index score, Lin currently ranks in the top five among NBA players, with the likes of James, recently-retired star Kobe Bryant and 2015 MVP, Stephen Curry.”
On Instagram Lin is one of the top 30 most-followed NBA players.
Burns writes that faith plays a key role in Lin’s popularity: “There’s a ‘Christian element’ to a lot of what Lin posts, whether it’s a faith verse, a moral cause he supports or a particular value he strives to exhibit in his daily life.”
Lin received wide acclaim during his 2012 season with the New York Knicks. Coming off the bench, Lin led the team on a seven game winning streak and into the playoffs, igniting what fans called “Linsanity.” The Knicks lost in the first round to the Miami Heat.
Lin now plays for the Charlotte Hornets, who are currently in the playoffs against the Miami Heat. The Hornets lead the series 3-2. Lin had 39 points in games three and four.
On April 29, Lin sent out an email to subscribers to his digital prayer group:
Thanks soooo much for your prayers! Last game was so intense and exciting...praise God for the win!
Let's keep praying and seeing what God will do. Prayer for health for both teams, for tremendous performances for myself and my teammates and for a win to finish off the series.
Please also pray for the salvation of the unsaved on the Hornets as well as deeper relationships with God for those that are saved. I feel like God is moving in our team and it's awesome to see!!
Lin's recent tweets leading up to one recent victory reveal his faith. He quotes Psalm 37:5: Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. After his team's victory, Lin tweeted #PraiseGod.