Recently, David Brooks wrote an article looking at NBA sensation Jeremy Lin and the intersection between faith and sports. His analysis is intriguing, and he certainly highlights a tension that many Christians feel – be they athletes, politicians, soldiers, or professors. Indeed, in some ways all Christians struggle with the larger version of this question: how can we be in the world, and yet not of it?

The answer is by no means easy or obvious, but perhaps Brooks is a little too quick to throw his hands in the air and see an unresolvable issue. Is there really an inherent tension between sports and faith? Or is the tension perhaps between our conception of the modern athlete and faith? To assert that Christianity is fundamentally opposed to basketball is, at the very least, overzealous. But there is no question that Christianity taken seriously will change how you view and participate in the world.