The quiet faith of LeBron James

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By Mark Ellis —

LeBron James
LeBron James

The clues about his Christian faith are given out sparingly, but with the same assurance that has propelled the basketball superstar into a legendary status among his fans.

At a post-game appearance with reporters on December 4th, James was asked if the return of two injured players would help his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

To the surprise of some who have questioned his faith, James’ response lifted up the name of Jesus:

“I hope we don’t think that way. It’s never that way,” he said. “When you get your guys back, you prepare just as you prepare before. There’s only one guy ever in the world that everything will be all right when He comes back and that’s Jesus Christ. Other than that, you can’t bank on nobody being OK.”

Not only did James invoke his confidence in the name of Jesus, he went beyond where most of only nominal faith will tread, by announcing his certainty in the return of Jesus, which will bring lasting peace and justice to the earth.

With his wife, Savannah
With his wife, Savannah

James was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and first gained national attention playing for St. Vincent-St. Mary Catholic High School, from which he was immediately drafted into the NBA upon graduation. At home and at school, he had Christian influences that appear to have made a lasting impression.

While he is less demonstrative about his spiritual leanings than some sports figures, he’s made public appearances in church and attended church charity basketball games near Cleveland.

In 2010, James watched as fellow-player Rodney Stuckey suffered a seizure on the court and was taken to Cleveland Clinic Hospital. James responded by calling the players together into a prayer circle, where he prayed to “our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” for healing, he told reporters afterward.

While some fans would like to attribute God-like status to his abilities, James is quick to deflect such comparisons. “I’m nowhere near close (to God’s powers),” he said.

Ultimately, James knows where his gifts and talents come from. He said it isn’t due to his training or any innate qualities, but to “the grace of God above; He gave me this athleticism.”

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27 COMMENTS

  1. Wonderful. May LeBron grow closer and closer in his walk with God and bless others with the talents and wealth that God has given him out of His grace. God bless you, LeBron! May God give you the boldness to continue your witness publicly and proudly.

  2. YAY LeBron!!! Thanks for giving glory to Jesus! Maybe sometime you could lift up marriage as well. Love your photo with Savannah ! God bless you both.
    Ladonna

  3. The Lord is raising an army of his people. “…whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. Mathew 10:32”

  4. The battle cry of the Americans during the War for Independence, was “No king, but King Jesus.” Good to see men like Curry and James who have that down.

  5. Finals game I love how James spoke about the Lord! It makes me so happy to see players like curry, Wilson, James and Tebow publicly speak of the greatness of the Lord.

  6. May God bless you, LeBron. Yesterday I watched you playing and winning the NBA championship! Praise GOD. Your strength and your skill testify God’s word :”I can do all things through Him [Jesus] who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13

    You are a testimony for the young generation. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and keep you.

  7. Thanks LeBron for sharing your faith! Continue to acknowledge Him in EVERYTHING you do and He will direct your paths. Be Blessed! And thank you for bringing a Championship to Northern Ohio!

  8. LeBron’s actions reveal more about his faith than his words, though I glad he’s not ashamed to express that he knows where his help comes from. He’s has been thrusted into a position where young and old look up to him, whether he desired it or not. Praise God that he understand that “to whom much is given, much is required”. And, He will never put more on you than you can bear, without making a way of escape. Keep on being a good husband and father, LaBron. Thanks for lifting up the young players around you as well as all of us in CleveLAND and the world.

  9. Lord Jesus is awesome N wonderful N THE BEST JESUS IS MUCH MORE CLOSER THEN ANYONE THINKS, PEOPLE GET READY JESUS IS COMING SOON WILL BE GOING HOME N WE HAVE 2 STAY FOCUS ON JESUS COS WE’RE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS Philippines 4/13 I CAN DO ALL THINGS IN CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME, HALLELUJAH N A VERY BIG AMEN

  10. GOD IS A LIE. People who believe in god are only lying to themselves. God does not exist, god never has existed, God is not real, do not fall for the lies of believing in god.

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