I've been a fan of JB (or as we like to say - a "Belieber") since 8th grade. My friend first introduced me to his music by making me listen to One Time and Baby. From then on, I couldn't get enough of his music, his hair and his adorableness.
After a few years of obsession (you know - posters on my walls, his songs on replay, tears shed over me being in Africa while he was touring in the States . . ) I began to lose interest. I never hated him or his music but I no longer played his songs or kept up with him on Twitter.
Then, as I began to grow closer to God, I realized the importance of praying for people with so much influence. So, I started to pray for Justin. I asked God to keep him safe and healthy, to use him for his glory, to keep his motives and actions pure and occasionally, I would pray for the opportunity to meet him in person. I began listening to his music again. When you pray for someone, you learn to love them in a Christ-like way. I was no longer obsessed but I did find myself caring for him and for his well being. But I shouldn't be talking about the past. Even now, I pray for Justin.
The reason why I'm blogging about this is because, for a while, I honestly felt like the only person on the
However, even though I thought that I was the only one who was praying for Justin, I decided to keep it up but also keep it to myself.
About a year ago I came across a page on Facebook called Just Pray For Justin Bieber. When I found their page, I told them that they were an answer to prayer. You mean I'm not the only one praying for JUSTIN BIEBER?!?!
Now, I KNOW that Justin has made lots of terrible choices and he's far from being a perfect person. Especially after his "bad year." But just because he's made lots of mistakes does not give us the right to judge him or degrade him. Don't forget that God created him and wants to continue to bless him and his career.
Especially now that it looks like he's turning his life around (just google "Justin Bieber Christianity" and you'll get a bunch of interviews about him talking about his faith. I mean, he even invited a reporter to church. And you can click HERE to see a video of him praying for the recent Paris attacks during one of his shows), it's not the time to beat him down. I do think it's ok to be reluctant about whether or not he's serious (even though I truly believe he is) but stop and think for a second.
As Christians, we know that we have been saved by grace. We know that we're nowhere near perfect and mess up every.single.day. I mean, our sins don't end up on national TV but in God's eyes, they're just as bad as what Justin has done. I honestly know that I have sins that could compare to what he's done. But again, Jesus died for my sins as he did for Justin's.
That's part of the reason why I've been praying for him and follow pages that do as well. And the "Just Pray for Justin Bieber" page has influenced me to create my own page where I can openly share prayers and praises about him too.
The tagline on the Facebook and the Twitter pages says: "A page for dedicated believers and Beliebers to come together to pray and support Justin Bieber" because that's what I want to be about.
So yeah, I made the page because I'm still a pretty big fan. I'm obsessed with his new album and I love seeing him on Ellen or Jimmy Fallon. But I also made it because I truly want to pray for him and care about him because I believe that it's one of the ways that God's using me. Honestly. Because when you've got someone who has so much influence over his fans and what they listen to and believe, it's important that they stay rooted in God. And when you have someone so young surrounded by wealth, money, and probably doesn't have many people to trust, it can definitely get depressing. Depression is scary and it's dangerous. So, I've learned to look past the whole "celebrity image" thing and just see people.
And yes, I've already gotten some hate for making this page and for sharing that I pray for Justin. But that's ok because I believe in the power of prayers and I believe that God can do anything. So, who knows what will happen as of a result of these prayers?
Therefore . . .
I would like to ask you guys to please "Like" my page and "Follow" me on Twitter. Please help me get the word out. Maybe other Bieber fans can start to pray for him too. Or maybe people will keep asking me why I pray for Justin and I can share the Gospel with them! I also hope that you will start to pray for him too - even if it's only once a month or even once a year.