You may have noticed recently that Justin Bieber has seemingly changed his tune. After the past few years of building a reputation on arrest records, negative confrontations with fans, underage drinking and partying, he now says that he is ready to “just honestly live like Jesus.” In an interview with Complex magazine, he shares some of his tips and insights on what being a Christian means.
6 Things I Learned From Justin Bieber’s “I Want to Live Like Jesus” Interview:
1. Bieber’s bad boy days are behind him (or so it seems).
I’ll be the first to admit– I’m a skeptic and critic of most things I see on the internet. Once a week I read an article about how Miley Cyrus or Steven Tyler has suddenly died. False. This, Justin Bieber’s life-change though? I believe it. In the interview, Bieber seems sincere and ready to reestablish himself as the talented, lovable pop star that we all (most of us) love. So, say bye-bye to the vandalizing, pot-pissing version of Bieber. It was a good run.
2. Bieber wants to “live like Jesus.”
“I just wanna honestly live like Jesus,” he told Complex magazine. “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.”
Live like Jesus. What does that look like for Justin Bieber? I don’t know yet, but I can tell you one thing, he’s already changed his tune at award shows, performances, and appearances. Did you see him perform at the MTV Video Music Awards? Those were real tears, y’all.
3. Bieber is not religious.
Okay, this is a soap box that I could get on pretty easily, but I’ll spare you and just tell you that I agree with his thought process here. Being a Christian and being religious are two different things. Bieber said in the interview that he’s freaked out by the “really weird stuff going on at churches.” I’m not sure what “really weird stuff” he’s referring to, but yeah, I agree.
4. Bieber’s life has been “transformed by faith.”
What does this mean exactly? Has Bieber turned from his darker days of egging houses?
“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. Whatever you believe. Share it. I’m at a point where I’m not going to hold this in.”
To me, it seems as though he has turned over a new leaf.
5. The key to being a Christian is to feel no insecurities.
In the interview Bieber said, that the key to “this connection that you feel there’s no insecurities.” Yes and no. I’m not sure this was his strongest point in the interview, but I’ll let it slide. I guess being a Christian does lend itself to confidence and security in oneself if you understand what you claim to believe, but I wouldn’t say it’s the key.
6. Going to Taco Bell doesn’t make you a taco.
“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.”
Okay, I love this analogy. It’s funny, whatever, but also so true. No matter how many times I go to Taco Bell, I’m still a human, not a taco. On a serious note though, Bieber is making a great point here. Think about it– going to church really doesn’t make you a Christian.
Only God can judge him now.
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