Perspective: Justin Bieber & Jesus

Justin Bieber recently canceled the final leg of his 'Purpose' tour

Justin Bieber Reportedly Cancelled His Purpose Tour Because He Rededicated His Life to Christ

Wow.  What a headline.  I was on the fence on whether or not I was going to speak on this.  I’ve seen so many poking fun and other’s truly relieved.  Of course, I think perspective is everything.

I was raised/spent time in a church culture through my teen years that promoted stuff like this. In that context (and you’d have to understand the environment in my opinion), actions like this are equivocated and leveled with the story of Jesus telling the wealthy man to sell his possessions… and follow Him.

Matthew 19:21 JESUS: If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give all your money to the poor; then you will have treasure in heaven. And then come, follow Me. (THE VOICE)

While most Christians and overtly religious weirdos will rejoice because it looks like “Justin got his life right! Praise God” …. I personally think his emotions got the best of him.

As far as we can tell, it doesn’t look like his pastoral mentor, Carl Lentz, encouraged this — but I know the environment well. I’m sure there’s messaging that will be used and the Bieb’s is a great poster child for ministry. So though he didn’t encourage it, I doubt he discouraged it. The church doesn’t need another witness. The church doesn’t need another worship leader. It doesn’t need another Christian album.

Reverting to my thoughts on Justin’s emotions, his lack of maturity in the faith may have led him to believe this was the best decision for himself.  However, abandoning his base or cancelling his concerts may have been crippling for his future witness. I say this often — and truly believe that the most compelling part of your witness is YOUR personal story. There are literally millions of fans ripe for reach and his story is all he needs. You can reach people with the message of Jesus without wearing a clergy collar or singing on a church stage or pulpit.

The world is less receptive to things that seem unnatural. You don’t need to put on act or change your persona to share your personal relationship story. No one has the same personal relationship with Jesus, and that’s what makes your personal story so compelling. I believe your witness is weakened when you start to falsify and fabricate your story. We can all tell a phony, so Justin be careful. When you’ve lived and are honest about how your relationship with Christ doesn’t make you perfect — but moreover the relationship with Him is in itself perfection …your story makes more sense. It becomes relatable. Your more likely to win one or two for the Kingdom.

Le sigh. Bless up.

If you missed the origin of this story or the basis of this perspective, TMZ reported the following:

Bieber’s decision seemed to come out of the blue, but our sources say it was squarely based on what Bieber believes is religious enlightenment. Bieber said he canceled due to exhaustion, but that’s simply not true. Plus, his remaining touring schedule was not taxing travel-wise.

We’re also told Bieber’s crew is “incredibly pissed off at him” because it has impacted their financial well-being without any warning.Bieber has been virtually joined at the hip with Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz over the last few months — including at a huge church event in Australia — but we’re told Lentz did not advocate for cancelling the tour.

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Alex Haynes is Editor-At-Large of Urban Newsroom, a multimedia journalist, and the host of The ShakeUP Morning Show. Alex joined Urban Newsroom in 2010 and contributes regular op-ed and editorial pieces while advising the columnist and contributing staff.

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