Orlando Magic’s small forward Jonathan Isaac remains firm in his Christian faith despite recent controversy and injury. He says that he will still stand in Jesus’ name.
On August 3, NBA player Jonathan Isaac grabbed the headlines by standing for his faith. In a game between Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets, Jonathan went against the norm to honor his Christian faith. The Magics won by a 10-point difference,
When both teams knelt down during the national anthem to support the “Black Lives Matter” campaign, Jonathan was the only one who remained standing. And while everyone was wearing a shirt to promote racial equality, the 22-year-old athlete went against the norm by wearing only his jersey.
Jesus is the answer
In an interview prior to the game, he emphasized that he does believe that black lives matter. However, he believes that Jesus is the answer to the racial issues that America is facing.
“I think that I just wanted to take that stance in saying that I believe Jesus is the answer,” Jonathan said in a press conference. “So I didn’t think that wearing a message on the back of my jersey was the answer for me.”
Standing in Jesus’ name
On Sunday, in a game against Sacramento Kings where the Magics won again, Jonathan suffered a torn ACL. Despite his injury and the backlash against his gesture last Saturday, the power forward player still stands firm in his faith in Christ.
Jonathan Isaac posted a tweet following his injury quoting 2 Corinthians 4:9, showing that he was encouraged despite his circumstance.
“We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:9
IT IS WELL!!! 2 Kings 4! Thank you for all of your prayers and concerns I’m encouraged. Remember our God is not just a God of the hills but a God of the valleys! (2 Corinthians ch 4 vs 9!) MY COMEBACK WILL BE GREATER THAN MY SETBACK!!!! I STILL STAND IN JESUS NAME!!!! pic.twitter.com/9Icv0WULQ6
— Jonathan Isaac (@JJudahIsaac) August 3, 2020
He then ended his post by emphasizing his decision to remain standing in honor of Jesus Christ.
“I STILL STAND IN JESUS NAME!!!!”
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