Reverend Justin Bieber
It’s an amazing song.
No doubt about it.
And in the video above, the Bieber sing it loud and proud,“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending reckless love of God. Oh, it chases me down, fights till I’m found, leaves the 99… There’s no shadow you won’t light up, mountain you won’t climb up, running after me…”
The song was originally written by Corey Asbury, a worship leader for Bethel Music.
And now, millions of people might start singing it with Justin.
Last year Bieber encouraged a massive crowd in Manchester saying, “God is good in the midst of the evil. And He loves you. He’s here for you.”
Then, reports came out that he canceled his latest tour in order to focus on his faith and maybe, start his own church.
I never thought I would be writing so much about Justin Bieber. But here I am, on my fourth article about the Biebs; because his life keeps turning into a public display of God’s beautiful grace.
Yes, the last few years have been rough. Justin was arrested, involved in a few scandals (confiscated monkeys, night club urination) and made tons enemies in the entertainment world.
“Love says: I’ve seen the ugly parts of you, and I’m staying.”
Yet, in the last two years, Justin was baptized, started going to church, endorsed his pastors publicly and even attended a few Hillsong conferences. And now, he’s singing of God’s love forever:
As Relevant Magazine shared, “Justin posted a few images of his latest tattoo—a small cross on his face—and now, the artist behind the piece is explaining its meaning. New York tattoo artist “Jonboy” told US Weekly, “Justin came in last night and decided on a small cross near the corner of his eye. It represents his journey in finding purpose with God.”
After a long hiatus, he has returned to singing, dancing, writing music and making teenage girls (and not so teenage girls) go insane.
Differently this time around, Jesus and his faith are at the center of it all.
Months ago, Justin unapologetically explained his change of heart. He told told Complex, “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.”
Rolling Stone Magazine shared more on the story, “The singer clarified that he’s “not religious,” as he’s bothered by the “really weird stuff going on at churches” and the holier-than-thou attitude of certain Christians. But he emphasized that his life has been transformed by faith. “We have the greatest healer of all, and his name is Jesus Christ,” he said. “And he really heals. This is it. It’s time that we all share our voice.”
Justin Biber and Puff Daddy and Kanye West
Last year he also posted an Instagram with the caption, “Uncle Puff and Yeezy giving thanks to Jesus.” (AKA praying with Sean Combs and Kanye West.)
The photo, which has more than 1.7 million likes drew thousands of comments.
And confirmed once again, that this guy is for real.
Yes, he’s kind of leading a generation of people, and artists, and influencers… into prayer, faith and the message of grace.
Reverend Bieber is using
language my favorite preacher uses. He’s tackling ideas that I have shared in the past. He’s made time during his concerts for his pastor to speak. He’s also listening to my favorite worship leaders and friends (No Longer Slaves by Jonathan and Melissa Helser.)
And, there’s an interview where he shares his convictions on Jesus, love and religion where he had me saying, “Yes, Praise the Lord, Hallelujah!”
(I reposted the video below).
I think this is truly, really happening, The Biebs is a disciple of Christ.
And he’s getting to the point where he’s making disciples of others.
I for one, believe.
The kid The man needs us now more than ever. He’s obviously on the road to redemption. And it’s time for overwhelming grace to be our message to him.
It’s the same message I want to hear when I fall.
It’s the same one you need when you crash and burn.
“Love is not based on the performance of the receiver, but on the character of the giver.”
– Jack Frost, Experiencing Father’s Embrace.
I have had my doubts of course, it’s my nature to judge and be cynical. But God the Father is different to us. His loving kindness leads us to repentance. And our 22-year-old mega-super-star-brother is becoming a symbol of that beautiful message.
So this is my word to the Justin “wants-to-be-like-Jesus” Bieber: Baby bro, we are taking this journey with you.
I know from your old friends in Stratford that you have been called by God to shine. This road was prophesied. Your mom did an incredible job teaching you grace and kindness. You are properly talented and destined for greatness. So I lift you up in prayer and I stand in hope for you ultimate calling.
Enjoy the God adventure Rev. Bieber.
We will join the heavens (and the crazy teenagers) to cheer you on.
“Thank you, God, for your grace and for never giving up on me.”
Justin Bieber in 2014.
Carlos A. Rodriguez is a pastor at Catch the Fire and the founder of HappySonship. His latest book is “Designed for Inheritance, A Discovery of Sonship”. He travels extensively all around the world and you can find out more at www.HappySonship.com
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