Mom, Is Justin Bieber a Christian?

It’s a question kids are asking, and a question Moms don’t quite know how to answer.

Similar to the question, “Mom, is Chance the Rapper a Christian?” …you can’t help but wonder, who am I to even answer that question?

But it’s being asked.

Maybe we’re confused because we’ve read about Justin’s troubles with the law (from 2014 granted) or heard him singing and collaborating on some pretty worldly tracks (okay, maybe that’s a little more recent)… and then moments later we see him unashamedly dancing to worship music or posting a powerful Instagram post praising Jesus for “changing me from the inside out.”

Imagine our confusion.

Imagine God’s confusion when he looks at our lives at times.

So what if instead of ranting or judging about Justin’s imperfections, what if we answered our kids’ questions with questions that help them process what they’re seeing inciting them to go to God’s Word for guidance on how to respond? In fact, what if we celebrated some of the fruit we’re seeing recently and actually prayed for Justin’s walk?

Think of it like this. A kid asks, “Mom, Justin is singing worship music… is he a believer?”

QUESTIONS TO ASK OUR KIDS:

  • What makes someone a believer? (John 1:12, Romans 10:9-10, I John 5:11-12)
  • What should people see in our actions if we are a believer? (I Peter 3:13-16)
  • What are some of the positive things you have seen in Justin’s behavior lately?
  • Is there anything you’ve seen that has concerned you lately?
  • Is there anything your friends have seen in your actions, your Insta posts, your comments lately that might have them concerned?
  • What are some of the temptations or distractions that celebrities might have being in the limelight?
  • What ways can we specifically pray for Justin?
  • What ways can I specifically pray for you?

What are some other ways we can engage today’s young people to think about the importance of living out their faith authentically?

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About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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