These are tough questions for a 16-year-old pop star to answer, especially since his manager and agent are probably telling him to be as politically correct as possible so to not scare off paying fans.
On abstinence, he dropped the ball.
"I don't think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them...I think you should just wait for the person you're in love with," Bieber said.
This is the most empty and cookie-cutter answer available. It communicated no principle other than a subjective one that is partially to blame for an increase in teen pregnancy and abortion.
Given the sad direction of our culture, with regard to sexual ethics, his answer is better than the “live like you’ll die tomorrow” and “casual sex is no big deal” lives so many celebrities live (Charlie Sheen’s recent exploits come to mind right now), but Bieber has a way to go before his beliefs on sex are morally grounded.
On a brighter note, I was surprisingly pleased with his answer regarding abortion. I don’t know whether or not he was prepped for an answer to a question like this, but he presented himself as candid and honest.
"I really don't believe in abortion," Bieber says. "It's like killing a baby?" When asked about abortion in cases of rape, Bieber said, "Um. Well, I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that."
I know it’s not the most clear or nail-on-the-head response available, but for a 16-year-old star with millions cheering his name each year, it’s not bad.
I appreciated his question the most: “It’s like killing a baby?” His life isn’t wrapped in philosophy or theological arguments to tough societal issues. So to hear such an innocent and yet spot-on response was uplifting. After you boil down the statistics, scientific evidence, the abuse of abortion providers on their patients, the stages of fetal development, and all the other support for the pro-life position, we each ask the same question: isn’t it like killing a baby?
For a young man with such an atypical life of stardom and fame, we should be thankful for small blessings and encourage him, through prayer, to uphold the values so often missing in the celebrity lifestyle.