Justin has once again made the headlines with committing yet another faux pas this past week. Unfortunately our once popular, clean-cut, all Canadian superstar, has fallen from grace with the local media and adoring fans over the last few months. I wrote a blog last year hoping that Justin would not be like the one of many young stars who seem to tumble and struggle after having attained monumental stardom at a very young age. I prayed for Justin, on his 18th Birthday that he would steer clear of all those worldly “traps” that seem to lure our young people…alcohol, drugs, sexual promiscuity, greed, selfishness; however, it would appear that Justin succumbed to the worldly corruptions despite my prayers and is now facing the consequences of his actions.
“During a brief stopover on his European tour Friday, teen pop sensation Justin Bieber visited The Anne Frank House, the Amsterdam museum dedicated to preserving the memory of the young holocaust victim who chronicled her ordeal hiding from the Nazis during World War II in The Diary of Anne Frank. Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945 at the age of 15. like many visitors to the museum, the pop star left a message in the guest book, writing:
“Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
I personally think Justin honestly did not realize the insensitivity of his comments. I chalk it up to being young and somewhat self-absorbed with his own life. That said, it’s only one of many things that Justin has done over the past year that has made him plummet in popularity as a social icon and hero to millions of young fans worldwide. It has been a year of making adult choices for the young man and he’s struggled with finding his way in an industry that is known for creating and then stomping on young people faster than crushing grapes in a wine press. Society is very cruel to our “heroes”. It takes morbid pleasure in seeing superstars fail. That said, the stars that seem to fair better than most in the entertainment industry are the ones who stay grounded in their faith and steer clear of the things of this world that corrupt and destroy.
Join with me to pray for our young people, for Justin and for all our youth, who are lured by the enemy and who just need to find acceptance in the One Who loves them most of all.
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9