Last October, Complex magazine published a story about Justin Bieber’s faith in Jesus. Christian publications jumped on the story, saying he understands the gospel better than most Christians, and people are describing his “Purpose” tour as a “mega-church service.”
Should we embrace Bieber’s new claims to Christianity or is it all a PR stunt?
After seeing him vandalizing neighbors and spending nights in jail, some hesitate to believe him when he says, “I just wanna honestly live like Jesus.” Nevertheless, he seems genuinely repentant and gospel-centered in the Complex interview.
He told Complex,
“We could take out all of our insecurities, we could take away all of the hurt, all the pain, all the fear, all the trauma. That doesn’t need to be there. So all this healing that you’re trying to do, it’s unnecessary. We have the greatest healer of all and his name is Jesus Christ. And he really heals.”
Some wariness about Bieber’s faith is okay. I don’t think he believes Jesus is the only way, truth, and life, and he told Complex, “We’re in a place now in 2015 where people have gotta be open-minded.” Furthermore, Justin Bieber isn’t the perfect Christian, as is evident from his Instagram feed (parties, half-naked models—the usual).
But we should not disregard his efforts to share the gospel. His words are accessible, relevant, and vulnerable. If the gospel is being heard, does it matter who is speaking (Phil. 1:15-18)?
Instead of analyzing his theology and questioning his genuineness, we should pray for him.
It may seem silly and childish to pray for a celebrity, especially one known for his 13-year-old fan base. But I encourage you to pray for Justin Bieber. He is a person made in the image of God, and he needs the gospel just as much as you and me.
“Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” – Luke 15:10
– Megan R.
We want to hear from you! How do you think we should respond to celebrities who claim faith?