Much Like His Parents, Justin Bieber’s Pastor Thinks It’s His Job To Be Justin’s Friend

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You guys, Justin Bieber might have more friends than any other human being on the planet.  I'm serious.  Besides his super cool, flying-high-on-airplanes posse, both of Justin's parents aren't really his parents.  They're his friends.  Even Michelle Obama can't convince them otherwise.  Heck, even his pastor is his friend.  Not that it's a pastor's job to be a parent, of course, but usually spiritual advisers are known for their guidance and stuff, right?  Pshhhh, not according to Carl Lentz, Pastor To The Biebs:

“I love Justin, he’s a good kid. He’s trying to figure this out.  His behavior… you know, he’s figuring it out.”

Oh, cool.  Yeah, you're right.  As my own personal spiritual adviser, Miley Cyrus says: forget the haters, only God can judge us! And who cares if Justin Bieber is clearly on a destructive path with a list of grievances a mile long – he's figuring things out, okay?!

“What should we do? People who are like, ‘Is he even a Christian?’ With Justin, I tell people grace and acceptance does not mean approval. I can accept you as a human being and not approve of your actions. That’s how we’ve been loved. We love — because we were first loved.”

Yeah, totally.  I love the backhanded judgement here – basically Pastor Carl is all “I definitely don't think you're doing the right thing ever, and I'm judging you for it, but it doesn't matter what I think because God is basically obligated to love you, so yay!”  Also, I don't think people are wondering aloud about Justin's Christianity being in jeopardy so much as we're all kind of just like “WTF IS HE DOOOINNNNG?” 99.9% of the time.  But Pastor Carl didn't stop there:

“With Justin, it’s not my job to be his police officer. It’s my job to be a friend to him, and that’s all I am.”

Oh. Great.  Yeah, glad we cleared that up.  I daresay it's only a matter of time before Pastor Carl and Jeremy Bieber are holed up in one of Justin's hotel rooms, shoving damp bath towels under the door, regaling one another over the tales of in-flight drug use and harassment.

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