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Justin Bieber’s Gospel Story

Justin Bieber recently did a raw and real cover interview for Complex magazine. He speaks about his faith in a refreshingly genuine way that really made us stop and think. It also provides so much insight into the culture we live in and how many young Christians are approaching God and their relationship with church. Here are a few of the most impactful excerpts from the interview:

 

Justin Bieber on Complex Cover

On falling in love young and moving in together:

“I moved in with my girlfriend when I was 18. Started my own life with her. It was a marriage kind of thing. Living with a girl, it was just too much at that age. But we were so in love. Nothing else mattered. We were all about each other. But when it’s like that and you get your value from that, people will always disappoint you. Your girl or your dude, they’re always going to disappoint you. Your full identity can’t be in that person. My identity was in her. Her identity was in me. When stuff would happen, I would lose my freakin’ mind, and she would lose her mind, and we would fight so hard because we were so invested in each other. Love is a choice. Love is not a feeling. People have made it seem in movies that it’s this fairy tale. That’s not what love is. You’re not gonna want to love your girl sometimes but you’re gonna choose to love her.”

 

Finding his identity and strength in God:

“That’s something in life that I had to figure out. I can’t lean on people. I got to lean on God. I gotta trust in him through all my situations. Then, hopefully, my other relationships will flourish around me. But if I’m gonna be so invested in you, if you die, or something happens to you, I’m gonna be so destroyed, I won’t be able to go on. If I can love you and know that I’m not who I am because you’re being nice to me, but that I love you and I think you’re an incredible person but you’re just as broken as I am on the inside. We’re all just trying to figure it out.”

 

Talking publicly about his faith:

“I’m tired of putting on a mask and a show for these people. I’m just gonna be myself and if they don’t like it, they don’t like it. I move on. I can just trust that God got this under control. That’s where I’m at. I’m the type of dude who always wants to figure it out. Science makes a lot of sense. Then I start thinking—wait, the “big bang.” For a “big bang” to create all this is more wild to think about than thinking about there being a God. Imagine putting a bunch of gold into a box, shaking up the box, and out comes a Rolex. It’s so preposterous once people start saying it. At this point, my faith has gotten me to where I am. My faith has brought me to a whole other level. I love talking about my faith.”

Justin Bieber on Complex

 

On Jesus and vulnerability:

“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. I think that everybody should get their chance to share what they’re doing or where their journey is headed, whether they’re straight or gay or what they believe in. We’re in a place now in 2015 where people have gotta be open-minded. I actually feel better and more free now that I know what I can do and what I can’t do. 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.”

 

On not being able to hold back talking about faith:

“It’s like a girlfriend. If I have an awesome, bomb girlfriend, I’m gonna wanna show her off and go around and tell people my girl is the shit. I’m not gonna cheat on her because she’s the best. It’s like with God: The whole thing with religion is you present yourself holy and bring your offerings so that God can bless you, when the whole point of the relationship [should be], “No, I’m gonna do this because he loves me. I’m gonna do this because he’s amazing and not because [I] have to, [but] because [I] want to.” That’s the whole thing with religion that’s been throwing off the people. It’s not a “have to.” It should be just like a personal relationship. Like, “Hey, I love you because you first loved me.”

 

Discussing Christians and church:

“If we can understand that we’re all imperfect, let’s come to God and come for his help. You’re not weak by doing that. I think that’s a common misperception of Christians, that you’re being weak because you can’t handle it. None of us can handle this world, dude! It’s eating us alive. But, man, I don’t wanna have to do it on my own. I know for sure my parents can’t give me all that I need. I know that my friends can’t give me all that I need. There’s something missing. That’s why I think Christians do that. I don’t wanna talk bad about anything. Like I said before, Christians leave such a bad taste in people’s mouths, even myself. I was like, I’m not gonna go to church. I had these church friends and I was like, you guys are cool, I like you guys, but I’m not going to church. Then it was the same thing of, just because you went to a weird church before doesn’t mean that this is weird. It doesn’t make you a Christian just by going to church. I think that going to church is fellowship, it’s relationship, it’s what we’re here on the earth to do, to have this connection that you feel there’s no insecurities. I think that’s where we need to be. Like I said, you don’t need to go to church to be a Christian. If you go to Taco Bell, that doesn’t make you a taco.”

 

On finding confidence in God:

“Yeah. I do. In a different way. I feel invincible like, nothing is bigger than God. If God’s for me, who can be against me? That’s helped me in a lot of situations where I feel judged. It gives you confidence and you can carry yourself in a cool way, but it’s not cocky. It’s a confidence that’s a godly confidence. That’s what I always want. I wanna be loved for being a good dude and for being confident in myself because I know who I am and what I carry and what I sacrifice.”

 

How do you feel about what Justin said in this interview? In what ways do you relate? Does it make you think differently about him?

 

* Text and images from Complex article. Written by JOE LA PUMA and photography by DAVID BLACK.

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8 Comments

  1. ktuck22

    Posted by ktuck22 on October 25, 2015 at 13:13

    I’m surprised they let a swear word slip in there haha 🙂 I’m honestly surprised that he’s a Christian, because his recent videos, although better than the lifestyle he was living before, still don’t depict a Christlike life. We should all pray for him and his journey. I am happy that he’s trying to figure this out, though 🙂

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kaiti-bird on October 2, 2015 at 19:36

    Whoa, I read parts of that article on Yahoo! News (not a reliable place to get news in my opinion) the other day, and it made it sounds SO different because they sliced and diced it together so much. Thanks for letting us read parts of the whole thing!
    Yes! Let’s pray for him! I wish there was a way to let him know the PI girls are praying for him!

  3. Jhiosara

    Posted by Jhiosara on October 1, 2015 at 07:31

    As a christian girl I think this is a marvelous news 🙂 I’m so happy for him!!! And I think that he doesn’t need our judgment. The best we can do is support him and keep praying for him.☺

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Laura0330 on September 30, 2015 at 12:31

    Hi girls! 🙂 I would like to share something with you. I don’t konw if you heared of Michael Brown, but here’s a letter he wrote.
    http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/52339-an-open-letter-to-justin-bieber-about-living-like-jesus

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by lililove97 on September 30, 2015 at 06:52

    What about his new music videos? He’s not depicting a very Christian lifestyle..
    I know it may very well be the agent’s doing, but if you’re really so full out for God, wouldn’t you put a stop to it?

    • Concealedfoundation101

      Posted by Concealedfoundation101 on September 30, 2015 at 14:09

      I’m praying for him, because his lifestyle isn’t representing what he believes. In fact, I agree with lililove97.

  6. Miku4evr

    Posted by Miku4evr on September 29, 2015 at 18:42

    “He speaks about his faith in a refreshingly genuine way that really made us stop and think.” Haha! I can name more than 100 men that mean what they say. Wow project inspired…wow….

  7. USGIRL95

    Posted by USGIRL95 on September 29, 2015 at 18:35

    Let’s prey for Justin Biber!!!