I never thought I would be writing so much about Justin Bieber. But here are I am, on my third article about the Biebs; because his life is turning into a public display of God’s grace.
Oh yes, the last few years have been rough. Justin was arrested, involved in a few scandals (confiscated monkeys, night club urination) and made tons enemies in the entertainment world.
“Love says: I’ve seen the ugly parts of you, and I’m staying.”
― Matt Chandler in The Explicit Gospel
Yet recently Justin was baptized, started going to church, endorsed his pastors publicly and even attended a few Hillsong conferences.
And now, after a long hiatus, he has returned to singing, dancing, writing music and making teenage girls go insane.
Differently this time around, Jesus and his faith are at the center of it all.
This week Justin unapologetically explained his change of heart. He told told Complex, “I just wanna honestly live like Jesus. Not be Jesus – I could never – I don’t want that to come across weird. He created a pretty awesome template of how to love people and how to be gracious and kind. If you believe it, he died for our sins.” #Believe
Rolling Stone Magazine shared more on the story today, “The singer clarified that he’s “not religious,” as he’s bothered by the “really weird stuff going on at churches” and the holier-than-thou attitude of certain Christians. But he emphasized that his life has been transformed by faith. “We have the greatest healer of all, and his name is Jesus Christ,” he said. “And he really heals. This is it. It’s time that we all share our voice.”
The key to being Christian, Bieber said is having “this connection that you feel there’s no insecurities” – not simply enjoying fellowship at church. He also used an unorthodox analogy to drive home his point: “You don’t need to go to church to be a Christian. If you go to Taco Bell, that doesn’t make you a taco.”
Justin is using language my pastor uses. He’s tackling ideas that I have shared in the past. This is truly, really happening, The Biebs is one of us.
I have had my doubts of course, it’s my nature to judge and be cynical. But God the Father is different to us. His loving kindness leads us to repentance. And our 21-year-old mega-super-star-brother is becoming a symbol of that beautiful message.
So this is my word to the Justin “wants-to-be-like-Jesus” Bieber: Baby bro, we are taking this journey with you. I know from your old pastors and friends in Stratford that you have been called by God to shine. This road was prophesied. Your mom did an incredible job teaching you grace and kindness. You are properly talented and destined for greatness. So I lift you up in prayer and I stand in hope for you ultimate calling.
Carlos (and all the readers of HappySonship.com)
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
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