Saturday, February 19, 2011

Am I Really Doing a Post on Justin Bieber

Yes, apparently I am.  Well, in a way I am.  You can learn a lot about the state of our society and our church from phenomena like Mr. Bieber. 

First of all, regarding our church, apparently Justin Bieber is a Christian.  I am not going to question the faith of him or his family, but show business has turned many so-called Christians into anything but.  We need only look at Miley Cyrcus for the latest example.  So I do question the wisdom of throwing a child out to the wolves such as his mother has.  Perhaps he will be different, one can only pray.  I also question how turning a child into an idol somehow points people to Jesus.  Apparently, he tells his audience that God loves them at the end of each performance and apparently, he is open about his faith.  One needs to ask though, was the primary motive behind his rush to stardom a means to share the gospel with the money and fame as a side-effect or is his primary motive a means to fame and fortune with some "cred" thrown to Jesus to maintain his image.  I do not now his heart, but so far the fruit of his fame is merely to make himself into an idol.  Even if there is some revival among tween girls, is that a result of the Holy Spirit working in their hearts or just the hypnotized mass doing whatever their idol tells them.  The fact is that the idol he has allowed himself to become drowns out any chance of his fans seeing Jesus through their own obsessions towards him.  How is this reminiscent of our church? Well so much of the church tries to make itself "cutting edge" or entertaining.  The message is repackaged into something more "palatable" to the masses.  The music resembles rock concerts.  The preacher dresses like a metrosexual.  What happens is that Jesus gets lost in the repackage of the timeless message of the Gospel.  It is like a really bad dance remix of a timeless classic song.  All its original meaning is lost.  Today, so much of our church is all about filling seats and not about reaching hearts. Unfortunately, people are too busy being entertained to really take the time to hear the message and Jesus and examine themselves.

We also learn a lot from Justin Bieber about society.  The front page of CNN's website yesterday gave the earth-shattering news regarding Justin Bieber's "controversial" pro-life statements.  Being a Christian, him being pro-life should be a given so I do not see how it is news.  What saddens me is that it is controversial.  Abortion is murder.  Not only is it murder, but it is the murder of an innocent baby.  Not only it is the murder of an innocent baby, but the vast majority of the time it is done to purely selfish and convenience reasons.  So apparently in today's world, it is controversial to believe it is wrong to rip a baby apart before he or she evens has the chance to take their first breath of air.  This world is so mad with sin that even having the idea of protecting unborn children is met with controversy. 

Our world is ripe for judgment and Jesus is coming soon to judge this world for its sin.  Please, time is too short to be idolizing preteens and turning our churches into theaters.  People need to see Jesus and Jesus alone.  If Justin Bieber truly is a Christian, even he would tell you.  There is nothing more important on this earth than the message of Jesus Christ. 
He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.  Revelation 22:20-21 NKJV

1 comment:

  1. "Please, time is too short to be idolizing preteens and turning our churches into theaters. People need to see Jesus and Jesus alone."

    Amen! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!