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Seizing the crumbs hurled from the celebrity table.

Ingrid Schlueter hits the nail on the head with her article (reprinted in its entirety below) about pop sensation Justin Bieber and the Christian conservatives who now have a “legitimate” reason to fawn over him because of his announcement that he’s opposed to abortion.

I suppose that since Bieber has been Christianized merely because he’s pro-life and claims to be a Christian (even though he’s not opposed to sex outside of marriage) there’s no longer a need to come up with a Christian version of Biebler for Christian preteens to idolize as has been done in this video.

At the end of her piece Ingrid links to a Christianity Today article that asks:

Has your pastor caught Bieber fever? Your preteen daughter surely knows that Justin Bieber’s first feature film is opening this Friday, Feb. 11, in theaters everywhere. But does your pastor know? Or your church’s youth leaders?

Why? Why is the “church” so fascinated with all things worldly? Why is the “church” always found singing the same songs of the world, watching the same movies of the world, dressing in the same fashions of the world, placing the same level of interest in the celebrities of the world, and having the same worldview of the world? Aren’t we supposed to be separate? Aren’t we commanded to not love the world and the things in the world (James 4:4 and 1 John 2:15-16)?

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Bieber Fever Strikes Conservatives

by Ingrid Schlueter

It doesn’t take much to impress conservatives these days. It doesn’t matter if you stand on a stage with only postage stamps for a covering as long as you state your support for family values. Just ask Carrie Prejean, Miss USA from a couple of years ago, who overnight became the instant pin-up girl for conservatives who were sent into spasms of delight as she defended traditional marriage while flaunting her surgically enhanced bosom. (This was before the sex tape scandal came out.)

Another nearly naked values warrior, Teresa Scalan, strutted her stuff in a black bikini and then warmed the hearts of (mostly male) conservatives nationwide after she announced she was headed to a Christian college. She gave God the credit for her winning the Miss America pageant. News comment sections were immediately filled with conservative wolf-whistles. “Another red-hot Republican babe ready to launch,” crowed one devoted fan.

Now conservatives have really hit the jackpot as Justin Bieber, adolescent pop star, announced in a Rolling Stone interview that he was opposed to abortion. That’s all it took for pro-life groups to vault him to the top of their lists within hours. Press releases were immediately forthcoming as pro-lifers eagerly claimed him as their own.

But wait! In the same interview in Rolling Stone, Bieber was asked about his views on sex before marriage. In that Bieber identifies as an evangelical Christian, it was a valid question, and given the millions of hormonally-charged females biting their fists worldwide at his photo, an interesting one. But Bieber disappoints.

“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,” he said.

In that babies conceived out of wedlock are at the highest risk of being murdered in the womb, Bieber’s views on premarital sex are hardly conservative and hardly helping the pro-life cause.

That hasn’t stopped pro-life groups from seizing at this crumb hurled from the celebrity table, regardless of how contradictory his interview was.

When naked beauty queens and boy pop stars not old enough to shave are seen as bright lights in the conservative values crusade, our problems in this country are clearly deeper than abortion.

As a side note, Christianity Today Entertainment (you read that correctly) last week asked readers if their pastors and churches were getting “Bieber fever?” Undoubtedly they are. God has given American evangelicals the kind of leadership they crave: girly men whose god is their own reflection.

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See DefCon’s previous related post The idolatry of celebrity worship: Giving to man what rightly belongs to God.

2 comments on “Seizing the crumbs hurled from the celebrity table.

  1. A couple of somewhat unrelated things.

    1) This is an article talking about politics, so let’s address that. In politics, everything is a matter of degrees; if one side is even marginally better than the other, you pick that side for the simple fact that you’re not going to like every stand that people make. Further, this is an article that does not address ANY moral arguments except for a parting shot on Carrie Prejean. There are quite a few political pro-life groups that don’t care at all about sexual immorality, and there are some that are simply picking their battles (i.e. not making the perfect the enemy of the good).

    While it is good to mention that churches should not be getting Bieber fever, but that last paragraph by Ingrid really doesn’t relate to the article except by the “7 degrees of separation rule”, unless one subscribes to the notion that Christian and conservative mean the same thing (a position that the conservative publication World Net Daily holds).

    2)I want to make sure, Pilgrim, that I am not misunderstanding what it is you are saying. Here is your quote:

    Why is the “church” so fascinated with all things worldly? Why is the “church” always found singing the same songs of the world, watching the same movies of the world, dressing in the same fashions of the world, placing the same level of interest in the celebrities of the world, and having the same worldview of the world? Aren’t we supposed to be separate? Aren’t we commanded to not love the world and the things in the world (James 4:4 and 1 John 2:15-16)?

    It seems that the thesis of that paragraph is that the world liking something (a particular clothing, music, movie, etc) is sufficient cause for a Christian to reject it. Am I correct? If not, please clarify so I am not confused.

  2. I have to admit to jumping on the Beiber band wagon. It is like the proverb says “He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him.” Proverbs 18:13. I did not hear the rest of the story about his comments regarding pre-marital sex. His views are inconsistent but I think it was just the idea that someone in the hollywood lifestyle would stand up for something good and right is someone worth noting. I am not saying and never thought of him a the poster boy for christian living because I know that everyone in this life will disappoint you, but God, He is the same yesterday today and forever. His goodness and mercy will forever be the same. He is the one we look to for our values and morals, not man and especially not celebrities.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Kind Regards,
    Nicole

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