3 thoughts on “Justin Bieber is in Town

  1. According to my niece (who, having two teenage daughters, is closer to popular culture than I), Justin Bieber is a young man with talent who has been railroaded into vacuous superstardom by unscrupulous relatives and even more unscrupulous management who recognise how to exploit a money-spinner when they see it. Accordingly, he has been propelled into the lenses of international media with no understanding of boundaries or restraints and simply has not had the opportunity to mature as a normal young man. There are signs of an imminent meltdown. Despite (or perhaps because of) his wealth and influence, Justin Bieber is a very troubled person. He is deserving of pity and prayer.

  2. I am not a particuar fan of Justin Bieber,but i enjoy some of his music. However, as Stephen M has said in his reply, this young man has been exploited for his talents and good looks by unscrupulous management. This is the fate of many talented young people who see that fame and fortune in the world of celebrities are the ultimate path to success.
    I think it’s a little unfair of you, father Smuts, to say to Canada “take your popstar back”.
    Whilst I am stil a citizen of South Africa, serving as a minister in Canada, and I dont think Canadians would have the same attitude towards South African artists, such as the Soweto strings or other stars who have world wide fame for their music such as the likes of Johnny Cleggas you apparently do. I’m sure there are many more recent emerging pop groups and artists in RSA, especially tho,se from formerly disadvantaged communities in South Africa who would be welcomed here in Canada despite the “lunacy” of fans camping out to get tickets for these concerts.
    Sir Paul Mc Cartney’s concert tickets for an upcoming concert here in Regina were sold out within minutes of coming onto the market. People still camped out the night before to get these.This speaks volumes about the world in which we live.
    I am a priest serving in Canada to a very ageing population. Whilst we have a very strong Sunday school, thanks to the faithful ministry of our “junior church” ministers, our students all leave for greener pastures after confirmation once they go to College or University, and they go to areas where they can further their chosen careers.Most however keep their faith and return to visit their ‘home ‘ church from time to time.
    Because of our school systems ( here in Canada and in RSA) not allowing any form of Religion or religious teaching in our schools, there are generations of young people who do not have any concept of why we celebrate seasons such as Christmas or Easter for example. A teacher colleague of mine shared with me that she had to tell a young 6 year old the true meaning of these holy seasons because parents are either unchurched or have lapsed, or because church going and Godly matters are not a priority in today’s world.
    As a church we need to find ways in which young people can be made to feel that they are a part of the church.Sadly, even with people of my generation, don’t always relate to “traditional” forms of worship.( I was fortunate because I grew up with it.)
    As Benedict XV1, Pope Emmeritus said in one of the last of his encyclicals in the office of Bishop of the Holy See, “It is our task to go out and share the Good News, to strengthen the faith of those already baptized , to reach out to those who have drifted away and to bring into the fold those who have no faith. A church which ignores this mission imperative, and satisfies itself with maintenance, commits itself to decline.”
    We need to find new and fresher ways to bring people back in the Fold and also to bring the Good news to all people. After all that’s the most important task of the Church is it not?
    Gone are the days when the verger could just simply ring the church bell and the Faithful would just arrive at church.
    Stephen M is right when he says,”Justin Bieber is a very troubled person. He is deserving of pity and prayer.” There are many other young people who may not be famous like Justin, but are searching for meaning in a very troubled world.
    Have we as a church perhaps failed our young people by our complacency in bringing the Gospel to them?

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