Justin Bieber literally wears his Christian faith on his sleeve, and after months of being very vocal about his relationship with Christ, the star has taken his faith to a whole new level in a very unusual concert.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Bieber turned the Staples Center into a post-modern "mega church" in a concert that, along with skateboarding and the usual singing, featured the 21-year-old Canadian pop star sitting next to a pastor and "more or less preaching."
Judah Smith, who has been described as Bieber's personal pastor and is also the lead pastor at The City Church, was at the star's side to offer support and guidance as Justin bestowed his (some might say dubious) wisdom to the crowd.
During the emotional concert, Bieber credited his connection with God for helping him to reform after a troubling timeline of widely publicized misbehavior such as the now infamous urine mop bucket incident and egging his neighbor's home.
Bieber gave his rapt audience inspirational talks about the powers of positivity and the importance of surrounding yourself with positive people before undertaking a Q&A session with his young disciples and displaying a surprising amount of humility when it came to his relationship failures.
When a young fan asked the heartthrob about how to deal with the emotional pain of a breakup, Bieber self depreciatingly laughed:
"I'm not really good at relationship counseling. I can't keep a relationship going."
Anyone who has been following Bieber's gradual metamorphosis won't be too surprised by the more holy flavor of the singer's show though, back in February he laid his faith bare when he told Complex magazine that:
"I just wanna honestly live like Jesus. Not be Jesus—I could never—I don’t want that to come across weird. He created a pretty awesome template of how to love people and how to be gracious and kind. If you believe it, He died for our sins. Sometimes when I don’t feel like doing something, but I know it’s right, I remember, I’m pretty sure Jesus didn’t feel like going to the cross and dying so that we don’t have to feel what we should have to feel … We have the greatest healer of all, and His name is Jesus Christ. And He really heals. This is it. It’s time that we all share our voice. Whatever you believe. Share it. I’m at a point where I’m not going to hold this in."
While it is easy to dismiss Bieber's sudden enthusiasm for spreading the good word as part of an image change geared toward his campaign to say 'Sorry' to the nation, it seems like his heart is genuinely in the right place when it comes to striving to be a better person.