People always seem to misunderstand Christianity. Sometimes me included.
People think it’s a list of rules of things you can’t do, a collection of old stories, about being perfect, or about being boring.
Ultimately, all those misunderstandings come down to one mistake.
Last fall, I wrote about Bieber’s very open comments about his faith. I admired him for it. I applauded him. It was a big step. This month, he’s back with two other interviews that show he gets it. The crux? I mess up; I disappoint people; I’ll always disappoint people; but God still loves me and that love is unconditional. …
When I wrote about Bieber last fall, some people questioned me. After all, it was only a short time later that he was once again the center of attention for all the wrong reasons (something involving some scandalous pictures). Readers wondered how I could praise someone’s faith stance who literally turned around the next week and was embroiled in controversy.
Here’s my answer: Because Christianity isn’t about doing all the right things; it’s about knowing what to do and where to turn when you do the wrong ones. Justin’s latest comments show he gets that. He knows he falls short of checking off every box on the perfection list. But he also knows that if Christianity were about being perfect, then no one would or could be one.
It’s worth reading his entire article including all of the Justin Bieber quotes.
In GQ this month, Justin said:
I feel like that’s why I have a relationship with Him, because I need it. I suck by myself. Like, when I’m by myself and I feel like I have nothing to lean on? Terrible. Terrible person. If I was doing this on my own, I would constantly be doing things that are, I mean, I still am doing things that are stupid, but… It just gives me some sort of hope and something to grasp onto, and a feeling of security, and a feeling of being wanted, and a feeling of being desired, and I feel like we can only get so much of that from a human.
Thanks Justin for remembering it’s not all about you and, in the process, helping us remember it’s not all about us.
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