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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Justin Bieber: Talking Turkey

(Prayer Times at a Turkish Mosque)
Although Justin Bieber is a self-proclaimed Christian, he might also recognize that prayer is a universal language.

According to E Online, Bieber stopped his recent Istanbul
concert twice in order to honor the Muslim calls to prayer (aka the Azan or the Adhan).  Although some are now
disputing his motives (attributing them instead to his being pelted with gifts from fans and wanting some relief), Bieber's respect for religion has been previously noted.

iVillage reported in 2010 that Bieber's autobiography indicated he was already dealing with the temptations of a celebrity life "by turning to a higher power."  He was quoted as saying:  I'm a Christian, I believe in God,
I believe that Jesus died on a cross for my sins.  I believe that I have a relationship and I'm able to talk to him…

Talking with Jesus?  Sounds like prayer…

Just last month, Rachel Liu of Crossmap reported that Bieber and his pastor Judah Smith "share Scriptures on a regular basis."  The association between Smith and Bieber first began when Pattie Mallette (Bieber's
mother, and a "devout Christian") would play Smith's inspirational recordings as young Justin was going to sleep.  Smith currently pastors The City Church in Kirkland, Washington.

Bieber has publicly owned up to his human frailties.  Nevertheless, he "is holding fast to his faith in God and believes there is a purpose God has for his life."  He identified that purpose as helping people, rather than simply entertaining them.

Copyright May 5, 2013 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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