Over the last few weeks you can’t help but hear about Justin Bieber. Let me start off my saying I am in no way a fan or a hater of Justin Bieber but for a while I’ve been impressed with him being such a good role model to Christian children and teenagers. His music is very clever. I can truly say I don’t like his music but some how it always manages to get stuck in my head. (Just to keep all my respect with everyone who reads this I can truly say I don’t have any Bieber songs on my iPod)
Like I was saying, you can’t help but hear about Bieber in the news at the moment and all these rumors that he got some girl pregnant. Now I want to make it clear, I am in no way going to say if I think it’s true or not and to be honest I’d rather focus on something which I know will be refreshing for a lot of you younger folk out there but hearing these kind of stories from a “Christian Celeb” is becoming more common.
I remember a time when I told certain members of my friends that I wouldn’t have sex until I was married and I remember their response really clearly; “That’s weird”. And ever since then they’ve called me “Virgin Child” even after eight months of marriage. I’ve really been thinking about what it means to be a Christian and after a few months of thinking about it, I’ve finally come to a conclusion.
We’re called to be weird
Now, before you all go off and wear some really bad Christian t-shirts (not including XXXChurch in that statement) and decide never to wash, let me explain that statement.
Everywhere we look around us we see our people getting drunk, consuming drugs, sleeping around, getting in debt and divorcing so much that all those things are becoming the norm. Most of us are entertaining some of those things above or know of someone who is. This is classified as normal. So if all those things are classified as normal, surely it means that the people who don’t do those are obviously classified as “weird”.
I think we are all called to be weird. I think weird is good. Whenever we look in the bible there are many stories that we could call weird, but its those weird stories that have changed us. We look at the parting of the seas, a virgin women giving birth to a baby and ultimately Jesus dying on the cross. We can look at those stories and think “Wow, those are some weird and confusing stories”, but it’s those stories that’ll change our lives and the lives of others if we allow them to.
So if what we read about Justin Bieber, Britney spears and even our friends being normal. I DON’T WANT IT!!! My dream is to see a generation of young people to grow up weird, that wouldn’t flee the flock and would be a real testimony of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world.