This Is Why Religious Bieber Should Be Your Favourite Bieber
By any standards, Justin Bieber has made a few too many mistakes through the duration of his career. His breakdowns and breakthoughs have been publicised by every media outlet possible, and his antics have left us wondering when the pop sensation will grow out of this poor behaviour. And when he does, how ever will he use all the new found spare time he has. Has he traded his love songs for hymns? Is it naive of me to think that this could be a serious possibility?
"An inside source revealed Justin Bieber will start his own church"
me: *suddenly becomes a Christian* pic.twitter.com/lPrYMjIwnx
— martu (@purposeheaven) July 25, 2017
The repercussions of JB's often frowned upon actions only hit us recently, when he announced that he was cancelling the final 14 dates of his world tour due to “unforeseen circumstances”. The frustratingly vague rationale behind the cancelled shows left all of our timelines buzzing with tea about what his next move would be. Some chalked it down to a simple mental health break and others just speculated that after almost 10 years in the game, he was over it.
Amidst the speculation, there were a few silver linings that presented themselves. However the most fascinating rumour of them all, is that he’s taking the time to rededicate his life to Christ, which many have translated into 'opening a church.' My heart is telling me this is legit, but my mind is telling me I should know better.
The general consensus is that this is a marketing ploy birthed conveniently from his legit spiritual interest, with poor short term interests for an amazing long term gain. I mean sure, I can imagine his wildly publicised 'return' to fame in a year where he’s reformed, refreshed and renewed. The opportunities are endless, but surely that idea is too risky to be considered.
Justin Bieber's starting his own church.
Does each confession start with a "Is it a too late now to say sorry?"
— Alex King (@Doctavarium42) July 25, 2017
Unpopular opinion alert, but perhaps it’s for the best? Hear me out, the Purpose tour cited very mixed reviews, with many saying that he looked uninterested and overworked. Famed critic Jon Carmanica compared Bieber’s performance to a kidnapping victim “forced into high-intensity labour” and noticed his “studied indifference that was the norm throughout this somewhat worrisome night.” He also added that the star “gave the impression of a boy king who inherited subjects he didn’t ask for, responsibilities he’s not interested in shouldering.”
On the flip side, is it so hard to believe that Bieber’s outright devotion to his spirituality is the real him? While the Hillsong Church has denied rumours that Justin Bieber cancelled the remainder of his world tour so that he could devote more time to his religious faith, it’s not hard to see this as plausible truth. Newsflash, like most things, we could argue that religion hasn’t been the sole root of any of Bieber’s misgivings. His shoddy friend group and poor decision making skills usually handle that for him. Plus, he’s identified as a Christian for like, his entire life.
In my opinion, we should celebrate the arrival (or return) of Religious Bieber because he is the most ideal Bieber. Why? He’s the same Bieber that released arguably the best track in the world, ‘Baby’ when he was in fact, a baby. The heartbreaker that invented monogamy when he told us that he didn’t “think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them”.
The one that put the colour purple back on Pantone’s radar, wore fedoras shamelessly, created 2013’s best R&B album and mourned a break-up by adopting a pet monkey. This is Bieber's new world order and we're just living in it.
- Lillian "Flexmami" Ahenkan.
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