In recent years, Justin Bieber’s track record has included everything from public urination charges to confiscated monkey scandals. He’s been arrested for drag-racing a red Ferrari in his yellow Lamborghini while intoxicated—and with an expired license. Need we go on? His bad boy image doesn’t need any help.
While the pop star’s high profile troubles surely make for an interesting story, it’s not the one we’re interested in. Now, he’s got a new message for you.
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Though he’s been trying to publicly reboot his image for a while now, he’s only recently released the source of his recent redemption: Christianity.
He’s ready to take off the mask and show the world who he really is…and who he wants to be like.
“I just wanna honestly live like Jesus,” said Bieber in an interview with Complex.
However, he affirms that religion is not the answer: “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,” he said.
Bieber is tired of the religious box that society has placed God in. He told Complex, “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.” Instead he wants to unleash to the world what he believes to be true Christianity, and he’s not being quiet about.
In his bare-all interview, Bieber unveiled his passion for Jesus and his new goal to use his voice for a higher purpose than just his pop songs:
“My voice, I’m not gonna let it not be heard anymore. I’m gonna use my voice for a reason. I think that people, as soon as they start hearing me saying I’m a Christian, they’re like, “Whoa Justin, back up, take a step back.” Also, I do not want to shove this down anyone’s throat. I just wanna honestly live like Jesus. 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. Sometimes when I don’t feel like doing something, but I know it’s right, I remember, I’m pretty sure Jesus didn’t feel like going to the cross and dying so that we don’t have to feel what we should have to feel. What Jesus did when he came to the cross was basically say, “You don’t have to feel any of that stuff.” We could take out all of our insecurities, we could take away all of the hurt, all the pain, all the fear, all the trauma. That doesn’t need to be there. So all this healing that you’re trying to do, it’s unnecessary. We have the greatest healer of all and his name is Jesus Christ. 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.”
Wow. From tabloid-bait bad boy to Jesus as his homeboy—Bieber has made it a long way.
For those who never thought they’d see the day, this celeb confession of faith is one powerful reminder that our God knows no limits.
Jesus is as present in Hollywood as he is in heaven. He’s just waiting to be found, and at the same time relentlessly pursues the willing—whether it be Bieber or Bob next door.
With a popstar platform now aimed at a higher purpose, let’s pray Justin can help make believers out of his Beliebers.