Does Singer Chris Brown Use Christianity To Excuse His Violence?

Pop star Chris Brown is blaming the devil for his behavior.

Chris Brown has been arrested. Again. Brown was arrested on Thursday for a 2017 incident in which he hit a photographer hired by a Florida nightclub to photograph the event. This is the latest of a string of events where he has been accused of violence. His most infamous example was his assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Chris Brown has used an unusual tactic with the public when he is arrested. Or when he is sued for beating up a woman. Or for beating up someone taking pictures of him. Or when he is trying to hide a stash of weapons from police.

He blames the devil and sometimes God.

In a recent documentary, Chris Brown has stated regret over some of his violent actions, but he did not claim to be in full control. He says it was the devil who controlled him. He has also published messages on social media about his powerlessness to Satan.

When u tired of the fucking devil ruining your life and u hear God speak for the first time. No one knows what I deal with on a day to day. The average man wouldn't hesitate to blow his fucking brains out but that's the cowards way out… Most won't understand the genius and beauty in change and learning and the people who have devilish intentions will win in the short term. My soul will always be pure of heart. What's on the surface always looks like one big party but inside there is a little boy looking for help and guidance. People say "be a man". Yeah, that's right but it doesn't take away any pain you really go through. I just wanna stay out the way and do music. Most importantly and great father. I don't have any more patience for anything that will cause me to self destruct!!

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Chris Brown is a born-again Christian who credits religion with improving his singing. He has spoken about his faith as a critical component of his success when he was a burgeoning star. As his violent incidents began to make him a pariah in the world of music and movies, he would continually return to religion when asked about his behavior. Sometimes the messages would be confusing, like the time Brown’s mother said “You see this whole thing isn’t about Chris. It’s about God. He wants to show all of you the goodness of him through Chris.”

But most of the time Brown tells the public God will help him become a better person. This is a route taken by some celebrities caught in terrible situations. They beg forgiveness, seek help from God, and hope the public forgets about the incident as quickly as possible. Saying you’re sorry does not always seem genuine. But saying you’re sorry to God adds more gravitas to your message.

It is unclear how long Chris Brown will be in jail. It is also unclear if he will use religion to excuse his behavior.

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