It seems like he’s been around forever, but Justin Bieber is only 21-years-old. If you’re not a “Belieber” and have not been following his music, it is likely that all you know of him is that he is a wayward youth who has had trouble with the law. Crashing parties, illegal drag racing, bar fights with Orlando Bloom, egging his neighbor’s house and assaulting his limo driver are some examples of his reckless behavior.
There is even a petition that has been sent to the president with over 100,000 signatures demanding Bieber be deported back to Canada. Yet, don’t we all deserve a chance to turn our lives around?
Bieber was discovered online in 2007 and released his first album in 2009, which went platinum. Bieber’s mom is said to have not wanted this for her son. She wanted him to sign with a Christian label and perform Christian music. The church elders encouraged her to let him go.
During the next few years, Bieber became an international superstar. He likeness was used on music, movies, television shows, cologne, you name it. Coming from a lower-middle-class background to super-stardom overnight would be hard for anybody, but for a teenager, well, we’ve all seen the statistics.
Despite his wild drug and alcohol-fueled partying and run-ins with the law, Bieber describes himself as a Christian. He says he has a relationship with Jesus and has said that he loves the idea of “forgiveness.”
The Christian Post quotes Bieber as sharing on his social media page, “I’m not religious nor do I think I have ANYTHING figured out that’s why I call out on God to help me through what I can’t do on my own. Developing my relationship with God has been the coolest thing I’ve experienced, to know that I’m not alone and I don’t have to live in fear. Never feel like I’m pushing anything on you, but sharing the good news I’ve felt in my own life.”
While many of us look at his lifestyle and may be less willing to offer grace and forgiveness, Pastor Carl Lentz,the Hillsong NYC co-pastor, does not have this problem. The Christian Post notes that Lentz is “known for befriending popular athletes and celebrities.” He knows and understands their special kinds of issues and problems and is equipped to deal with them.
“I love Justin, he’s a good kid. He’s trying to figure this out,” Lentz said after Bieber was arrested for drag racing. Lentz is said to have baptized Bieber last year. This week, Bieber is attending a week-long Hillsong conference in Australia with Lentz.
Bieber says of Lentz, “I’m glad to know him. He’s changed my life.”