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Praying for Bieber

by SweetMidlife



Lynne here!

So, if you’ve read the news, you’ve seen that Pop Star Justin Bieber was arrested last night in Miami for drag racing a rented sports car through the streets, and for being drunk while doing it. Justin has been on a downward spiral as of late, doing everything from not taking care of his pet monkey to having drugs in his home. It’s been nuts. So of course, when this latest news came out, there were loud choruses of people shaking their heads, or openly criticizing, or asking for his deportation. And I was somewhere in there, too.

But then I read a status update on Facebook from my wise friend Tracey, who asked what would happen if all of those talking about Justin Bieber today would use that energy praying for him? And I felt really convicted. Because although he is a huge, huge star with lots and lots of money, he is somebody’s child. Now, even though he is only 19, he is still responsible for the things that he does, and shouldn’t be given different treatment than any other underage kid caught driving while intoxicated. Which means that he should also be given the same grace you would want if he was your child, who got caught doing what he shouldn’t in your Ford in Baltimore instead of in a Lambogrhini in South Florida. You would want prayer. You would ask for support. You would hopefully also be trying to counsel him, and give him advice, and warn him that no good can come out of what he’s doing or out of the way he seems to be headed. That he should take responsibility for his mistakes, pay whatever restitution he needs to (jail time, money, penance, whatever). But that there is hope for him if he does. And that you want the best for him. Even before he started acting this way, Justin Bieber attracted lots of haters, who seemed to be jealous of him simply because he was successful. That’s wrong. And with the latest turn of events, as his behavior as gotten more and more horrid, people have condemned him for things he HAS actually done. And I think that it is important that people, especially young ones, see even famous people be held responsible for their mess-ups, because it shows that no one is above civility or obeying the either the laws of decency or of the land.

But no one is above grace, either. No one is above hope. We want to write people off, say “I told you so”, and head off to adore/lift-up/wait for the downfall of the next big thing. Yes, Justin Bieber is experiencing a very, very public meltdown. But I am pulling for him. Not in a way that excuses his behavior. Not in a way that condones it. But in a way that hopes for and prays for this young man, and all young/old people who have headed in the wrong direction to start listening to wiser people, to get their heads out of their own nether-regions, and to start living up to what they can be. It’s not too late, Justin. Own up to your junk and turn it around. You can do it.

We are praying for you.

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