Justin Bieber opens up about his faith in an interview with Complex magazine.
Many celebrities choose to keep their religious beliefs and personal faiths to themselves, trying to hold on to as much privacy as they possibly can between the selfies and autographs. Justin Bieber, the 21 year-old mega former teen idol turned international Pop star lies somewhere in between keeping his religion personal and discussing his beliefs in public.
I think it would be pretty awesome to talk about life, music, and faith with @justinbieber someday!
— John (@AYOGravity) September 29, 2015
Despite his highly public and invaded personal life and what he and his PR team choose to post on his Instagram account of nearly 40 million followers and his Facebook account of nearly 83 million followers, Bieber has recently taken a vocal stand in interviews and online for his faith and beliefs. In the last few years, Bieber has had several run-ins with police and law enforcement, as well as scandals that have surrounded him. While this has caused many in the media to say that he’s a spoiled brat, or perhaps trying to gain a bad boy persona, many recently have come to his defense, accusing the media itself of propagating the mishaps of a young person that have been escalated because of his fame and influence.
Celebrities and their faiths have come into the topic of public conversation before, whether it’s Madonna donning a vaguely British accent preaching the truths of the Kabbala, Richard Gere crying while talking about his personal relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, or Deepak Chopra and everyone else. The words “God” and “Jesus Christ” typically only comes up in awards show speeches, either before or after the managers and talent agents.
Bieber has tried to stay low key for the last year or so, and has released some of the most popular music of his career, as well as, apparently, re-devoting his life to his personal faith.
“At this point, my faith has gotten me to where I am. My faith has brought me to a whole other level. I’m not religious. I, personally, love Jesus and that was my salvation. I want to share what I’m going through and what I’m feeling, and I think it shouldn't be ostracized,” Bieber said to Complex in an interview.
“I love talking about my faith. I think that with Christians, they’ve left such a bad taste in people’s mouths. Just like, overly pushy with the subject, overly churchy and religious.”
Although Justin Bieber has certainly alluded to his personal faith in the past through posts and responses to fans on social media, and he has long been associated with Seattle megachurch Pastor Judah Smith and New York City celebrity Pastor Carl Lentz for several years, his statements about his faith to Complex are the first time that he has really discussed his beliefs and how they fit into his daily life and career in a public forum as an adult.
The quote from the interview that has been making its way around the media for the last few days was “I just wanna honestly live like Jesus…”. For the last few months, Bieber has been spotted in unexpected places associated with his faith and his relationships with Pastors Lentz and Smith, most notably the Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia, an annual Christian conference that draws tens of thousands of attendees from across the globe to the Hillsong church campus. Bieber attended as a guest of Pastor Carl Lentz, who heads the New York branch of Hillsong.
With his recent fervent and vocal dedications to his personal faith, one can only hope that Bieber is able to stay balanced in his life and faith.
“If we can understand that we’re all imperfect, let’s come to God and come for his help. You’re not weak by doing that. I think that’s a common misperception of Christians, that you’re being weak because you can’t handle it. None of us can handle this world, dude! It’s eating us alive. But, man, I don’t wanna have to do it on my own.”