Pop star Justin Bieber made headlines this week after he made the poignant statement in a Complex interview: “I just wanna honestly live like Jesus.”
In the interview, Bieber addressed his bad boy past and said he is past that stage of his life. He also made strong statements about his Christian faith.
“I, personally, love Jesus and that was my salvation. I want to share what I’m going through and what I’m feeling and I think it shouldn’t be ostracized,” Bieber said.
“I do not want to shove this down anyone’s throat. I just wanna honestly live like Jesus. Not be Jesus—I could never—I don’t want that to come across weird. He created a pretty awesome template of how to love people and how to be gracious and kind. If you believe it, he died for our sins.”
In response, talk show host and Fire School of Ministry president Dr. Michael Brown wrote an open letter to Bieber about what it means to really live like Jesus.
He writes, “I became a follower of Jesus at the age of 16 in 1971. At that time I was a long-haired, LSD-using, heroin-shooting, hippie rock drummer (hey, we're both drummers!), and Jesus completely rocked my world.”
Brown went on to say that to be a follower of Jesus, he had to do more than stop drinking and doing drugs.
“The old Mike Brown died—not just my outward sins but me myself—and from that moment on, Jesus was my Lord and Master and I lived to do His will.”
When he became a true Christ follower, his life changed forever. He invited Bieber to do the same.
Brown writes, “...when you really come to know the Lord—you're exploding with life. Love so amazing you want to pinch yourself to see if it's real. Joy so intense you feel like you're going to burst. And a sense of purpose and destiny beyond anything you've ever known.”
Publication date: October 2, 2015