Justin Bieber has become an unlikely Christian evangelist in recent months.
After a few years of highly publicized youthful indiscretions, including an arrogant deposition, spending a night in a Florida jail for allegedly drag racing, and an underage DUI, the young pop star has turned his attention to his Christian faith and now says he longs to share it with his fans.
“All this healing that you’re trying to do, it’s unnecessary,” Bieber said in an interview with Complex. “We have the greatest healer of all and his name is Jesus Christ. And He really heals.”
Bieber’s new album, Purpose, which includes his Top Ten hit, Sorry, represents a new beginning for Bieber as he works to make up for time lost during the past couple of years.
On Bieber’s new Purpose tour, he’s invited his pastor, Judah Smith, whom he reconnected with a few years ago, up on stage.
“I’d come and listen to him and try to hear him out,” Bieber said of Smith. “I had all these questions and things were not adding up. ‘Well, why is this, then? How did all those animals fit on Noah’s Ark, then?’”
However, a critic commented that Bieber’s Nov. 13 concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles turned the venue into a "megachurch".
The 21-year-old pop star says he now has a better grasp of his faith.
“I’m the type of dude who always wants to figure it out,” Bieber admitted. “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.”
Bieber says he is done acting out his frustrations in ways he now admits are selfish and unproductive. “Enough with the Justin Bieber Show. I want to veer away from the self-centered attitude,” the singer said.
“I was doing so many things that I shouldn’t even be on the planet still,” he said.
“I was close to letting [fame] completely destroy me,” Bieber revealed. He said that it was only “by the grace of God” that it didn’t.
“I forgot what I was about, what my mom raised me to be,” Bieber admitted. “I veered off, and I got tainted. I came into the music industry at 13. I was trying to trust people and they’d break my heart at 15.”
Bieber was raised a Christian by his mom, Pattie Mallette, who struggled through child sex abuse, addiction, low income, and the absence of Justin’s dad.
“I was distant because I was ashamed. I never wanted my mom to be disappointed in me and I knew she was,” Bieber said. “It’s hard, but getting better. She’s an amazing woman and I love her.”
The former child star expressed solidarity with others who became famous too early in life.
“I hurt for some people,” he said. “Look at the statistics on how many child stars have crumbled and turned out to be whack jobs.”
“Love is a choice. Love is not a feeling,” Bieber said. “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.”
“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,” he added. “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!”