March Madness is upon us, and with it, all things basketball are important once again. The High Calling has this interview about “sports for the glory of God” with Pastor Stephen Chen, who serves as a pastor to, among others, NBA star Jeremy Lin:
Intelligent, high achieving people can be good because they want to do a lot for the Lord, and yet it’s a danger because of the tendency to say, “If we have the programs right or sing the right songs, and the music and lighting are right, and the sermon is the right length with the right levity and the right gravity, then lo and behold we’ll produce things that honor the Lord and glorify him.”
At our church we like to say we’re about things we cannot do. Jesus said he’s going to build his church and we have been asked to participate—to be his tools. This is the Lord’s work; it’s not because we are particularly gifted or because Jeremy Lin is in our congregation. God uses the weak things in the world to shame the wise. So one thing I do is to remind them what it looks like to be Christian in the workplace. How does the cross relate to your cubicle?