Judging Bieber

Okay, so the other night my youngest daughter sat down to watch her newly purchased copy of the Justin Bieber movie, “Never Say Never.”  I have to confess, I had already poked fun at her earlier for even wanting to purchase the movie, yet as it rolled along I found myself slowly being drawn into the “Bieber Vortex.”  I’m always fascinated by behind-the-scenes clips of just about any movie or concert, and that’s probably the part that drew me in the most.  However, as I intently watched the last half of the movie, to my amazement, I found myself actually liking this kid and what he stands for.

Yes, I have been among the fray of folks who have discounted this kid as a “bubblegum culture” artist and passed him off as a joke at times.  But I believe there is more to this artist than just 9 year-old girls screaming and crying, and going into some kind of prepubescent frenzy.

Okay, don’t cast stones yet, let me explain my thoughts.

Justin Bieber has passion and commitment, both of which a lot of our current culture of 16 year-old students don’t have.  Here’s a kid that has given up a shot at a “normal” life to pursue his God-given talent and make a difference with his life and music.  He seems truly humbled by all the fame that has come his way and for the most part, at least to this point, has stayed away from the “dark-side” of the kind of lifestyle he is experiencing.  It looks like, at least for now, he has surrounded himself with people who are giving him wise counsel, after all, his mother travels with him!

He has made it a point to make it all about community.  I love the fact that he has involved so many people in his road show, including other teen artists and isn’t afraid of “sharing the fame.”  He has come to the realization early on in his career, that making music is more about relationships than the music, and that’s something most adults haven’t even begun to comprehend, including me.

I do feel like, to a point, that 16 years of age is still TOO young to be thrust into this kind of public fame because of the burnout, and the eventual nosedive most artists this young take (e.g. Brittany Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Demi Lovato, etc.).  However, the age of the audience Justin Bieber is reaching could probably not be reached by an artist in their 20’s or 30’s.  With that said, I’m thankful that the message in the songs this artist is presenting is wholesome, and I would rather see the preteen crowd listening to a Bieber song than some of the other choices out there.
One of the things that struck me most was the fact that before EVERY show the entire cast huddled up and prayed together!  Now, I know some other artists do this, and that’s great, but you could tell by the sincerity of the prayers being offered that this was the real deal.  What a testimony to the crew this must be, and it’s great to see an entertainer know from Whose hand all of the blessings he is enjoying comes from!

And one final act that made an impact was the that before EVERY show, someone on his staff would leave the venue with a hand full of front row seat tickets, go out on the street, and find several people who either didn’t have a ticket, or maybe had bad seats, etc. and GIVE THEM AWAY!  This may seem small, but it showed me just how much they truly care for and loved people.  That is a refreshing change!

I Timothy 4:12 says,  Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

I believe there a lot of people who look down on Justin Bieber just because he is young.  But I believe a lot of people are looking down on him because he is taking a stand and conducting himself properly, and living a life of purity.

The world can’t handle that, so they just judge him.

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