Justin Bieber Must Die!

Look, I’m just going to put it out there. What I’m about to say won’t win me any friends or make me Mr Popular on the internet. But you need to hear this.

Justin Bieber bashing is not cool.

I mean seriously, what did Bieber ever do to you? Did he kick your dog? Where did all this hate for a pop singer come from? 9 times out of 10, if you bring up Bieber’s name in a conversation, someone will express their undying hatred for the underage Canadian with the distinctive hair. They’ll have never met the kid, yet they want to see him die an excruciating death.

Where is all this hate coming from? And why is it coming from Christian young people? The hate some people have for pop culture icons like Bieber is irrational and absurd. Someone releasing a song you don’t care for is no reason to wish white-hot knives to repeatedly stab them in the chest. Someone appealing to a demographic that you’re not part of is no reason for harboring hate.

Most importantly, how is hating a 16-year-old pop star an act that is worthy of a Christian? Jesus calls all of his people to love everyone. Especially your enemies. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48) If Jesus wants you to love someone who has hurt you, who has actively done wrong by you, how is it any different for a singer you haven’t even met?

Hating Justin Bieber is just not on. If you’re a Christian, then verbally expressing your hate for anyone, if you know them or not, is unacceptable. No one is asking you to buy his CDs, see his upcoming movie, or attend his concerts. You don’t have to enjoy his music. But there is a difference between not liking Baby and repeatedly wanting to punch Bieber in the face.

Cut out the Bieber bashing. Same goes for Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, or anyone who has ever appeared on Australian Idol. It’s just not on. So put your money where your mouth is. You say you’re a Christian? Then lay off Justin Bieber. Stop hating celebrities just because they exist. Instead, love them. That’s what Jesus would do.

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About Joel A Moroney

Associate Minister at St Luke's Anglican Church, Liverpool (in the Sydney Diocese). A very strange man, but he usually has Pez, so that makes it okay.

9 responses to “Justin Bieber Must Die!”

  1. Alexander Lorenzen says :

    I agree. I’ve seriously heard about 3 seconds of his music. Not my thing, but common, there’s no reason to hate the kid. I prefer ignoring him for the time being. There’s most constructive things to do than join in hate mongering.

  2. Julie says :

    Well said Joel! It is easy for us to “hate” (or at least badmouth)celebrities based only on what the media says about them. Must admit I haven’t thought about Justin Bieber, but there are definitely some celebs who irk me. Good reminder to see these celebs as God sees them.

  3. Richard says :

    LOL. Great point. Def worth making…

    BUT…

    So wrong!

  4. Richard says :

    LOL. Great point. Def worth making…

    BUT…

    What I’m about to say won’t win me any friends or make me Mr Popular on the internet

    So wrong!

  5. The Voice of Reason says :

    BUT HE STOLE MY SELENA GOMEZ!!!!

    DIE BIEBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111111111111

  6. Evo Friso says :

    Well, at a guess, he represents the latest, further erosion of the culture, no? While it is wrong to personally attack him, it’s certainly not hard to see why thinking consumers might find his strained, faux-hipster, mock-‘urban’ schtick preposterous. Consider, too, his role as hapless corporate marionette to Usher’s glinty-eyed puppet-master. If that doesn’t give you pause, then you’ve never read your Marx, and I don’t mean Groucho. :)

    Critics of the Bieb are merely voicing their opposition to a symbol of musical vapidity, to a malaise in the body politic, to a sad little Stratford waif who, when the wolves inevitably disgorge him after he’s padded their bank accounts with filthy lucre, will find himself in that sad pantheon inhabited by all the other lost pop sirens — Tiffany, Britney, et al. I do hope that he has smart handlers who urge him to save his money and invest properly. His run is limited but his wealth should give him a chance to one day return home and play Hamlet at the Stratford Festival Theatre. :)

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