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Justin Bieber: Solid on abortion, weak on abstinence?

Justin Bieber, the 16-year-old pop star young girls go crazy over, was interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine and asked his thoughts about abstinence and abortion.

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.

Comments:

he is a Christian
He was interviewed on 100 Huntley Street A Christian Television show just before he exploded on the scene. He travels everywhere with his mother who is also a strong Christian. If you go to http://www.100huntley.com and do a search for Justin Bieber you can watch the interview.His mother helps keep him balanced as does God. Were his answers in Rolling Stone perfect - No. Please pray for him and his mom.
Dan may be on to something here. I would add that an even bigger problem is the expectation -- unique to our age, I believe -- that performers in the arts should be fonts of wisdom. Christians do this with Christian celebrities just as much as the rest of the world does with celebrities in general (and I've been as guilty as anyone else at times).

I'm reminded of a lyric from Chris Rice: "No, I'm not a better man 'cause I'm singing my songs on the radio . . ."
The root problem is not Justin Beiber's lack of wisdom. It's the slavish obsession of his fans. Or the slavish obsession of any celebrity's fans.
It's his audience....
It's not that his opinion should matter, but because of his immeasurably large audience it does. Some of his audience has an unhealthy obsession with him. As such, him showing a pro-life disposition and a shred of decency on sexual morality is something to be happy with, but not satisfied with, necessarily.

I'd love to see more conviction and principle. But I guess we'll have to wait and see...
Oh, he's only 16? I thought it was some kind of androgynous affectation, similar to "Lady" Gaga.

But it's interesting that people even care what celebrities think about such issues. Looking at the lives of most celebrities, particularly in their old age (which, for Miley Cyrus, will be about 25, alas - alongside Charlotte Church and Britney Spears and...), I'd want to take whatever they generally think and go do the exact opposite. I have the lyrics to "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" by the Moody Blues running through my head.

I do hope and pray that Justin Bieber can hold onto at least what he's said about these topics, Billy, and not weaken his positions further. But it's encouraging to see even this much, from a public figure whose claim to fame is not based on insight into moral issues.