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Christian Comedian John Crist Gets Netflix Special

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Christian comedian John Crist is getting a Netflix special.

The 35-year-old PK (pastor’s kid) is well known on social media for his entertaining skits and video clips. He enjoys a healthy buzz on Facebook. It isn’t uncommon to see friends and family sharing his witty thoughts on everything from teenagers to having phone conversations in public on speaker.

Now Crist will get to join the ranks of Dave Chappelle and other popular comedians with his very own special on Netflix.

Crist is one of eight children. In a Fox & Friends appearance he said he “sells out venues without selling out his values and says he intends to offer three alternatives to the “Netflix and chill” culture with his newest platform.

Crist offered “Netflix and kill your nieces and nephews” who won’t want to watch the special, “Netflix and treadmill” to “work off a couple pounds,” or “Netflix and get grilled by your family for all your questionable career and relationship and financial choices throughout the year,” which he says will probably be what he will be doing Nov. 28.

 

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

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In-N-Out Burger Joins Chick-fil-A as a Company That Openly Celebrates Its Christian Values

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I say “joins,” but In-N-Out Burger hasn’t necessarily been secretive about the fact that it’s a Christian establishment. It has printed John 3: 16 on the bottom of its cups. However, like Chick-fil-A before it, the owner and heiress of the burger chain, Lynsi Snyder, is letting everyone know just how much Christ means to her publicly.

Snyder gave an interview with The Christian Post and divulged that her life was on a downward spiral until she came to Christ, leaving behind drug and alcohol addiction, broken marriages, physical abuse, and more. The burger empire heiress said that she “finally found that the deep need in my heart can only be filled by Jesus and my identity in Him.”

Snyder stressed that, even when you’ve overcome the pains of your past, you still need Christ for the hurdles that are to come according to The Christian Post:

“I have learned so much through my broken relationships along with the ups and downs that come through marriage,” she said. “I’ve been the one to hurt, and I’ve been hurt. I have gained insight and growth through both sides of the coin.”

“Prior to the journey of marriage, it’s so important to seek time and healing with Jesus,” she stressed. “Even if you are blessed to be healed of personal wounds and past relationship baggage, life will still bring hurdles and trials to overcome in your relationship.”

While John 3:16 has been printed on their cups for years, Snyder decided the company should have more Bible verses on its products in order to share more of the messages it has to impart. This now includes Proverbs 24:16 and Luke 6:35.

“It was my uncle Rich who put the Bible verses on the cups and wrappers in the early ‘90s, just before he passed away,” she told the Christian Post. “He had just accepted the Lord and wanted to put that little touch of his faith on our brand. It’s a family business and will always be, and that’s a family touch. In later years, I added verses to the fry boat, coffee, and hot cocoa cups.”

It’s not just the printing of verses on containers that Snyder is satisfied with. She told The Christian Post that she’s also started an organization called “Army of Love,” which helps those who are in emotional need just like she was when her third marriage was falling apart:

“I was calling out to God as my third marriage was failing. I was in a place where I felt I couldn’t do ministry because my own heart and home were a mess,” she recounted. “My husband and I were in constant turmoil. I became desperate for the hope that I could be used by God despite my circumstances.”

While driving through New Orleans one day, Snyder heard Isaiah 61 in her head. The passage reads, in part: “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”

“I knew that I would be a part of a ministry that would unify the body of Christ into soldiers who would reach out to one another and to the lost in the last days,” Snyder said. “Many people attend church, but the pool of discipleship is shallow, so I saw training modules online to disciple people and take them deeper than they may have gone attending church or Bible study.  I envisioned this Army uniting various ministries and supporting churches and organizations.”

Overall, Snyder said she lives her life by the power of Christ and not just with Christ as a thing she turns to from time to time when needed. She gives a great example of her philosophy:

“Picture our lives being a power strip. We plug so many things into the power strip —  work, family, hobbies, and God,” she said. “But that is all wrong. God must be the power strip and everything in our life should be plugged into Him as our power source. He gives us life and then we have His power in everything we do.”

“He shouldn’t be one of the ‘plug-ins’ in our life, but rather we should live plugged into Him and the calling He has for us,” she added.

It’s very brave, especially in this day and age, for any CEO to openly come out and proclaim their love of Christ. However, the backlash that typically follows from doing so is made moot in the face of the support from American Christians. Chick-fil-A has also had its share of backlash and continues to fight battles for its open adherence to scripture, but its support is so wide and far that it’s become the third most successful fast food joint in America.

But the reward isn’t the point. The point is that you feel a wholeness from your reliance and obedience to Christ. Perhaps being wealthy and successful is the plan, but maybe it’s not, but even if it’s not, you’ll feel free of chains as Snyder is trying to point out.

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Judge in Amber Guyger Case Unapologetic After Receiving Intense Criticism for Hugging, Giving Defendant a Bible

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Last week, former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, 31, was convicted of murder in the September 2018 shooting death of 26-year-old Botham Jean as he sat in his apartment.

Guyger, who said she mistakenly entered the wrong apartment and shot Jean because she believed he was an intruder, received a 10 year sentence.

Botham Jean’s brother Brandt, who is 18, gave a powerful victim impact statementt on forgiveness and asked for a hug afterwards, which Judge Tammy Kemp okayed after a few seconds of consideration of the request.

Not long after Brandt Jean gave his statement, Judge Kemp walked over to his family and consoled them over their loss. But she also walked over to Guyger and spoke with her for a few moments before retreating and then returning with a Bible. She talked to Guyger about John 3:16, and told Gugyger that God had already forgiven her after Gugyer asked if He ever would.

Watch their interaction below:

Their moving exchange predictably caused social justice warriors and freedom from religion types to erupt in outrage, as streiff noted here.

In her first public comments since the trial, Kemp was unapologetic in the face of criticism:

… Kemp said she felt her actions were appropriate since the trial was over and the former officer told her she didn’t know how to begin seeking God’s forgiveness.
[…]
“If she wanted to start with the Bible, I didn’t want her to go back to the jail and to sink into doubt and self-pity and become bitter,” she said. “Because she still has a lot of life ahead of her following her sentence and I would hope that she could live it purposefully.”
[…]
Kemp said that Guyger asked twice if she could hug her as well and, after a moment’s hesitation, the judge wrapped her arms around the former police officer.

“Following my own convictions, I could not refuse that woman a hug. I would not,” said Kemp, who is black. “And I don’t understand the anger. And I guess I could say if you profess religious beliefs and you are going to follow them, I would hope that they not be situational and limited to one race only.”

What a refreshing way to look at things. Nice work, Judge Kemp.

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Eating Babies, Unsexy Vegans, and Dumb Weddings: Are We Doomed?

Welcome back to my new column in which I take a look back at the week’s news and try to determine if we are, in fact, doomed.

Can’t Rule Out Eating Babies

An AOC event took a turn towards the doom this week when an audience member suggested we curb global warming by eating human babies.

While I understand that this woman is part of a bizarre political cult, the fact of the matter is that AOC didn’t bother to say “nah.” She said it was because she believed this woman to be “in crisis” and didn’t want to upset her. Maybe she’s in crisis because people keep telling her the world is about to end and we’re all going to die.

The only thing about this that made me think we’re not completely doomed is that it got “Jonathan Swift” trending.

VERDICT: Totally doomed

Unsexy Vegans Doing Unsexy  Things

Here’s what I know about this story. I know nothing else about it, I don’t want to know anything else about it, and I don’t need to know anything else about it.

VERDICT:  People who hurt animals are automatically doomed, and we are doomed for sharing an Earth with this man.  The only glimmer of hope is that everyone agrees this behavior is unacceptable.

The Worst Wedding Theme?

I realize I am old and boring, but it remains true that the only theme a wedding needs is “holy matrimony.” That doesn’t mean that the occasional theme is still fantastic (I’m going to a wedding in April 2020 that promises to be perfect), but most just detract from the point of what you’re there to do. That applies to novelty photos as well, which I’ve written about before.

For example, these joyless scolds could have just celebrated instead of being joyless scolds.

From what I understand, the bridesmaids put on these outfits, they took the picture, and then the whole thing was photoshopped to look like it was in front of “the hanging wall” where corporal punishment takes place during the story.

They were hoping the photo would go viral because people who think like this crave attention. I mean, because they longed for people to have deep and meaningful discussions.

Verdict: Mixed bag, actually. People need to stop acting like the Handmaid’s Tale is even close to happening, make weddings about marriage, and stop with the attention-seeking wedding photos. Then again, this photo was pretty widely mocked online. 50/50 doom here.

Hockey Continues To Be The Best Sport

You may recall 11 year-old Laila Anderson, a St Louis Blues superfan who is battling a life-threatening illness. She was with the team when they stunk, as  they rose, and they brought her to Boston for the final game when they won the Stanley Cup. Heck, they brought her on the ice with them to give it a kiss.

And now this.

VerdictNo doom in sight.

Holocaust Survivors Find Family

These Romanian octogenarians thought they’d lost their entire families in the Holocaust. Then they found each other, and the long-lost cousins were reunited.

Verdict: The internet did something good. We’re not doomed!

Loving Like Christ

The story of Botham Jean’s death is not one in which I expected to find anything beautiful. As you probably know, Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger accidentally entered Jean’s apartment thinking it was her own and, thinking him an intruder, fatally shot him. She was found guilty of murder on Tuesday. Guyger is white and Jean was black, a dynamic that resulted in threats of violence in the city. People were braced for the worst.

At the sentencing, however, Botham’s 18 year-old brother Brandt showed the world how to live and love like Christ in a way most of us have never seen. Most of us carry the burden of unforgiveness for far lesser offenses. Christian or not, we can all  learn invaluable lessons from this young man of exceptional character.

Verdict: Anything else could have happened this week, and this man would have convinced me that we are not doomed. He gives me more than enough hope that we’re going to be ok.

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How Does the Future Look? Here’s a Small Reason to Find Hope in Tomorrow, and a Reminder of What Hope Can Be

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Where is America headed?

For the answer, some look to Washington.

But I say, if you want to behold the future, turn on your TV. Switch on the radio.

What messages do you hear? What world do you see?

That is our tomorrow. And tomorrow looks bleak.

But there are spots of light; reasons for hope.

Perhaps this is one.

Recently, pop star Justin Bieber has been sharing prayers from Pastor Judah Smith. Sharing, that is, with his 119 million followers on Instagram.

Judah is the leader of megachurch Churchome, which has congregations in Seattle and LA.

The minister voices the prayers himself.

Below is an example, with Justin’s caption, “Here’s a guided prayer. When you have a quiet moment get into a comfortable position and listen.”

Justin adds, “They have really been helping me and thought I would share.”

The pastor reads a portion of the 23rd Psalm.

Here’s another:

 

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This is a guided prayer. Find a comfortable position and enjoy this experience

A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Sep 18, 2019 at 3:16pm PDT

Judah speaks to a Higher Power:

“God, you’re greater than my fear. God, I know that you’re in control…God, I thank you that I am your child and you watch over me because you are my father…”

Disney star Kyle Massey, from the show That’s So Raven, commented on the meditation about fear, “I hope everyone is listening to this entire thing like I am. This is powerful.”

As reported by Fox News, Justin recently led worship at the church’s Los Angeles location.

I can’t imaging living in his shoes…the offerings of the world have surely been debilitating. But I believe he’s a young man who wants to do right. Wants to do good. Wants to be a reason for hope.

Judah had something perhaps surprising to say about the singer:

“Justin Bieber has taught me far more than I could ever teach him about what it means to grow and walk in humility and be someone who really wants to follow Jesus.”

The future is a scary place. But Judah has a suggestion:

“Fear is such a dominant part of people’s everyday life. … [I] believe that we can find reprieve, and rest, and even ease our fear, as we put our focus and our trust in God.”

Perhaps that can help you. And me. And the world. Today. For a better tomorrow.

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Marianne Williamson: Why are conservatives nicer to me than the left is?

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Is it because … lefties aren’t very nice generally?

I mean, who are they nice to? Besides Bernie, of course.

This isn’t the first time lately that she’s complained about their meanness, for what it’s worth.

She knows one of the reasons for the disparate treatment, as she explained to Eric Bolling in a subsequent interview (which you can watch in full here): “The Republicans don’t have to be attacking me now, I’m in a Democratic primary, so Republicans are like, ‘Hi, Marianne!’ And some people on the left are working for other candidates, you know how that goes.” She’s an agent of chaos in the Democratic race, a wild card offering progressive policies packaged with New Age warnings about “dark psychic forces” in the White House. Righties naturally crave Democratic electoral chaos, Democrats naturally abhor it. Ergo, righties are warmer to her than lefties are.

But there’s a point to be made here too about righties being more open to religion — or “spirituality,” in Williamson’s case — than lefties are, with some caveats. The numbers from Pew:

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More Republicans signal religious/spiritual interest than Democrats do no matter how you phrase the questions, although the gap often isn’t as wide as you’d think. In the table above, for instance, the Republican advantage over Dems among those who say religion is very or somewhat important to their lives is 12 points — noteworthy, but not overwhelming. When asked if they’re absolutely or fairly certain that God exists, 90 percent of Republicans say yes but so do 76 percent of Democrats. Steer the questions away from God/religion and towards vaguer “spiritual” signposts and the gap narrows. Among those who say they “feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing” at least once or twice a month, Republicans lead just 77/72.

There are some notable divergences, though.

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Asked where they’re most likely to seek guidance on right and wrong, 44 percent of Republicans say religion. Just 25 percent of Democrats do. Go figure righties might take appeals about “dark psychic forces” more seriously than lefties.

But wait, there’s another important distinction here. Although it’s true that most Democrats are generally religious, it is not true that religious belief is distributed uniformly across demographic lines within the Democratic Party. An eye-popping result from another Pew survey:

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Just one-third of white Democrats believe in God as described in the Bible. Nearly as many, 21 percent, don’t believe in God at all. And it’s Very Online white Democrats, of course, who are writing most of the liberal commentary on the presidential race and who are heavily invested in Sanders and Warren as instruments of a social-justice revolution that can overtake America if only the rest of the field, which includes Williamson, will get out of their g-ddamned way already. (If Williamson thinks they’ve been mean to her, she should ask Beto O’Rourke how it felt to be targeted by Berniebros early in the race as a potential obstacle to socialism’s final victory.) Of course the left’s atheist-agnostic progressive pundit niche would have special contempt for someone like Williamson. They’re the ones who are “being mean” to her, not Democrats generally.

And in fairness to them, sometimes they’re right to be. Not for religious reasons but for crankery like this.

Anyway, she missed the cut for tonight’s debate and has never polled much better than an asterisk despite her splashy performances at the first two debates, so she’s effectively out of the race even though she technically remains in. From now on we’ll have to get our fix of religion, progressive-style, from Pete Buttigieg, who seems to view Christianity chiefly as a political cudgel. Although given his polling lately, he might be headed for oblivion with Marianne soon enough.

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City of San Antonio Hit With Lawsuit From Texas Chick-fil-A Supporters Over Airport Banning

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The city of San Antonio landed itself in hot water earlier this year over its March decision to effectively ban Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant at the city’s airport for the next seven years. The stated reason why was a report on the company’s 2017 charitable contributions to organizations characterized by the actvist left as “anti-gay.”

As outrage ensued, the FAA launched an investigation in May into the actions of the San Antonio city council. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against them in June over documents the state had requested but not received over the issue.

Now some Texas fans of the America’s favorite fast food chicken chain are filing a lawsuit of their own.

Fox News reports:

Five Texas fans of Chick-fil-A have filed a lawsuit against the city of San Antonio for its decision to ban the chicken-centric chain from opening up shop in the local airport. In March, city council officials rejected the restaurant’s bid to open a new location in San Antonio International Airport due to the company’s alleged “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

On Sept. 5, plaintiffs Patrick Von Dohlen, Brian Greco, Kevin Jason Khattar, Michael Knuffke and Daniel Petri filed suit against the city under S.B. 1978, otherwise known as the “Save Chick-fil-A Bill.”

Supporters of the bill argue that the provision, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in June, defends the fast-food restaurant and protects religious freedoms, while opponents say it discriminates against the LGBTQ community.

What does the lawsuit call for? To allow for Chick-fil-A to resume plans for a restaurant at the airport, and to take away the ability of the city council to do this to any other business on the same grounds in the future:

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs pushed for the court to declare that the city of San Antonio “violated and continues to violate” the law by banning Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio airport and issue an injunction to block the city and airport shop operator Paradies Lagardère from banning the chain at the air hub in the future.

Furthermore, the plaintiffs also hope to issue another injunction to have a Chick-fil-A open at the airport and issue an order to stop the city from “taking any adverse action against Chick-fil-A or any other person or entity, which is based wholly or partly on that person or entity’s support for religious organizations that oppose homosexual behavior” and receive attorney’s fees and other relief.

Do the plaintiffs have a case? Stay tuned.

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    Justin Bieber Pens Emotional Post Detailing Depression, Addiction, and Salvation

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    Justin Bieber has been the subject of adoration and ridicule for nearly a decade. The Canadian pop singer first hit the scene at 13-years-old, when he instantly shot to stardom after being “discovered” by hip-hop artist and producer Usher.

    Like many celebrities who become very popular very quickly, Bieber didn’t have to wait long before the public soured on his overexposure. Bieber fatigue led to a lot of late night jokes, ribbings about sending him back to Canada in some kind of trade, and plenty of snarky commentary over his “boy band” looks.

    I must fully disclose here that I was one of those people who constantly criticized Bieber, not thinking about what he might be seeing or feeling.

    The thing is, child stardom isn’t a privilege. It is a burden. The money is great but the price is high. Bieber has clearly paid the price in recent years, struggling with public meltdowns, addiction and depression. It may have seemed strange to the world when he announced his sudden marriage to Baldwin offspring Hailey Baldwin, but Baldwin comes from a nuclear family that is very active in the Christian faith (father Stephen Baldwin had a very public conversion years ago and now makes his living as a teaching pastor and Trump surrogate). Bieber was clearly looking for some stability, and he may have actually found it.

    The young couple have become increasingly involved in their celebrity-friendly church in Los Angeles, with the pop star even stepping in to lead a worship service recently.

    In an emotional Instagram post over the weekend, Bieber opened up about his struggles with fame, depression and addiction. He spoke about the emotional weight of having so much attention so young in life, and how it distorts one’s view of their own ego and their place in the world.

    You see I have a lot of money, clothes, cars, accolades, achievements, awards and I was still unfulfilled. Have u noticed the statistics of child stars and the outcome of their life? there is an insane pressure and responsibility put on  a child who’s brain, emotions, frontal lobes (decision making) aren’t developed yet. No rationality, defiant, rebellious, things all of us have to go through. But when you add the pressure of stardom it does something to you that is quite unexplainable.

    The singer went on to explain how disorienting it was at 13 to go from being a small town kid to being praised and adored all over the world.

    I don’t know about you, but humility comes with age. You hear these things enough as a young boy and you actually start believing it. Rationality comes with age and so does your decision making process (one of the reasons you can’t drink until you’re 21)…everyone did everything for me so I never even learned the fundamentals of responsibility. So by this point I was 18 with no skills in the real world, with millions of dollars and access to whatever I wanted. This is a scary concept for anyone.

    The singer continued on, discussing how troubling it was as a young boy to go from the most loved and adored person in the world to one of the most hated.

    Bieber admitted that he started heavy drug use by the age of 19 and by 20 he’d managed to alienate most of the people who cared about him. He suspects a great deal of his addiction issues stemmed from the false “high” of being on stage.

    Being on stage according to studies is a bigger dopamine rush than almost any other activity…so these massive ups and downs on their own are very hard to manage. You notice a lot of touring bands and people end up having a phase of drug abuse, and I believe its due to not being able to manage the huge ups and downs that come with being an entertainer.

    He ended his post by expressing gratefulness for the people who stood by him during his worst times, and for his marriage, which Bieber credits as something that is teaching him how to be a “good man”.

    In the end, Bieber invited his fans to look to God for help and comfort.

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    It is our instinct as entertainment consumers to look at celebrities as special, perfect and always comfortable in their luxurious lifestyles. Over the years I have reported extensively on child abuse in the entertainment industry and it has truly changed my outlook on kids like Bieber. There was a time when I also ridiculed him. For that, I am sorry. I couldn’t have imagined some of the fright and horrors he was experiencing as a young boy alone in a grown up world where anything goes and everyone keeps their secrets.

    So for that, Justin…I apologize. You never deserved my wrath. I would never be okay with someone ridiculing my 12-year-old daughter, even if she was being annoying for whatever reason. It would crush me. I don’t know why I ever thought it was okay to do that to you.

    I hope Justin has found some lasting peace, and that he and his wife have found a community that will love them for just being human and will hold them accountable to their marriage and their responsibilities. As Justin has discovered, money can’t buy you peace. Peace is priceless.

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    Justin Bieber Pens Emotional Post Detailing Depression, Addiction, and Salvation

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    Justin Bieber has been the subject of adoration and ridicule for nearly a decade. The Canadian pop singer first hit the scene at 13-years-old, when he instantly shot to stardom after being “discovered” by hip-hop artist and producer Usher.

    Like many celebrities who become very popular very quickly, Bieber didn’t have to wait long before the public soured on his overexposure. Bieber fatigue led to a lot of late night jokes, ribbings about sending him back to Canada in some kind of trade, and plenty of snarky commentary over his “boy band” looks.

    I must fully disclose here that I was one of those people who constantly criticized Bieber, not thinking about what he might be seeing or feeling.

    The thing is, child stardom isn’t a privilege. It is a burden. The money is great but the price is high. Bieber has clearly paid the price in recent years, struggling with public meltdowns, addiction and depression. It may have seemed strange to the world when he announced his sudden marriage to Baldwin offspring Hailey Baldwin, but Baldwin comes from a nuclear family that is very active in the Christian faith (father Stephen Baldwin had a very public conversion years ago and now makes his living as a teaching pastor and Trump surrogate). Bieber was clearly looking for some stability, and he may have actually found it.

    The young couple have become increasingly involved in their celebrity-friendly church in Los Angeles, with the pop star even stepping in to lead a worship service recently.

    In an emotional Instagram post over the weekend, Bieber opened up about his struggles with fame, depression and addiction. He spoke about the emotional weight of having so much attention so young in life, and how it distorts one’s view of their own ego and their place in the world.

    You see I have a lot of money, clothes, cars, accolades, achievements, awards and I was still unfulfilled. Have u noticed the statistics of child stars and the outcome of their life? there is an insane pressure and responsibility put on  a child who’s brain, emotions, frontal lobes (decision making) aren’t developed yet. No rationality, defiant, rebellious, things all of us have to go through. But when you add the pressure of stardom it does something to you that is quite unexplainable.

    The singer went on to explain how disorienting it was at 13 to go from being a small town kid to being praised and adored all over the world.

    I don’t know about you, but humility comes with age. You hear these things enough as a young boy and you actually start believing it. Rationality comes with age and so does your decision making process (one of the reasons you can’t drink until you’re 21)…everyone did everything for me so I never even learned the fundamentals of responsibility. So by this point I was 18 with no skills in the real world, with millions of dollars and access to whatever I wanted. This is a scary concept for anyone.

    The singer continued on, discussing how troubling it was as a young boy to go from the most loved and adored person in the world to one of the most hated.

    Bieber admitted that he started heavy drug use by the age of 19 and by 20 he’d managed to alienate most of the people who cared about him. He suspects a great deal of his addiction issues stemmed from the false “high” of being on stage.

    Being on stage according to studies is a bigger dopamine rush than almost any other activity…so these massive ups and downs on their own are very hard to manage. You notice a lot of touring bands and people end up having a phase of drug abuse, and I believe its due to not being able to manage the huge ups and downs that come with being an entertainer.

    He ended his post by expressing gratefulness for the people who stood by him during his worst times, and for his marriage, which Bieber credits as something that is teaching him how to be a “good man”.

    In the end, Bieber invited his fans to look to God for help and comfort.

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    It is our instinct as entertainment consumers to look at celebrities as special, perfect and always comfortable in their luxurious lifestyles. Over the years I have reported extensively on child abuse in the entertainment industry and it has truly changed my outlook on kids like Bieber. There was a time when I also ridiculed him. For that, I am sorry. I couldn’t have imagined some of the fright and horrors he was experiencing as a young boy alone in a grown up world where anything goes and everyone keeps their secrets.

    So for that, Justin…I apologize. You never deserved my wrath. I would never be okay with someone ridiculing my 12-year-old daughter, even if she was being annoying for whatever reason. It would crush me. I don’t know why I ever thought it was okay to do that to you.

    I hope Justin has found some lasting peace, and that he and his wife have found a community that will love them for just being human and will hold them accountable to their marriage and their responsibilities. As Justin has discovered, money can’t buy you peace. Peace is priceless.

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    Songwriter for Award-Winning, Chart-Topping Christian Group Renounces His Faith

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    Are you familiar with the Christian music group Hillsong United?

    The band won the Dove Award for best recorded worship song in 2018, 2017’s best long form video, and best worship album the year prior. In 2014, it took home five Doves.

    Now Hillsong is making news for a very different reason: Marty Sampson — a songwriter for the hitmaker — has announced he’s “genuinely losing” his Christian faith.

    As reported by Christian Headlines, Marty put up a now-deleted post to Instagram noting his religious foundation was “on incredibly shaky ground.”

    And not only is he losing his religion, he also seems to be losing his concern:

    “Time for some real talk. I’m genuinely losing my faith … and it doesn’t bother me … like, what bothers me now is nothing … I am so happy now, so at peace with the world… It’s crazy.”

    He laid out reasons:

    “This is a soapbox moment so here I go … how many preachers fall? Many. No one talks about it. How many miracles happen. Not many. No one talks about it. Why is the Bible full of contradictions? No one talks about it. How can God be love yet send four billion people to a place, all coz they don’t believe? No one talks about it. Christians can be the most judgmental people on the planet — they can also be some of the most beautiful and loving people … but it’s not for me. I am not in anymore. I want genuine truth. Not the ‘I just believe it’ kind of truth. Science keeps piercing the truth of every religion. Lots of things help people change their lives, not just one version of God. Got so much more to say, but for me, I’m keeping it real. Unfollow if you want, I’ve never been about living my life for others.”

    Furthermore:

    “All I know is what’s true to me right now, and Christianity just seems to me like another religion at this point,”

    He later explained to The Christian Post that he’s searching:

    “I have and continue to analyze the arguments of prominent Christian apologists and biblical scholars, and am open-minded enough to consider the arguments of atheist debaters and debaters from other religions. If the truth is true, it will remain so regardless of my understanding of it. If I search it out, surely it will become even more clearly seen as the truth that it is. Examining a diamond more closer reveals the quality of the diamond. As I am still breathing, I am still learning.”

    Of course, these kinds of things are going to happen. People fall out of their faith. I recently covered the case of Christian author Joshua Harris, who wrote a million-plus-selling church dating guide in the 90’s and is now renouncing his religion and getting a divorce (here).

    As noted by RedState’s Brandon Morse, John Cooper — lead singer of the Christian rock band Skillet — had something to say about highly publicized religious turnover as of late:

    “I have a few specific thoughts and rebuttals to statements made by recently disavowed church influencers…first of all, I am stunned that the seemingly most important thing for these leaders who have lost their faith is to make such a bold new stance. … I’m perplexed why they aren’t embarrassed? Humbled? Ashamed, fearful, confused? Why be so eager to continue leading people when you clearly don’t know where you are headed?

    “It is time for the church to rediscover the preeminence of the Word. And to value the teaching of the Word. We need to value truth over feeling. Truth over emotion. And what we are seeing now is the result of the church raising up influencers who did not supremely value truth who have led a generation who also do not believe in the supremacy of truth. And now those disavowed leaders are proudly still leading and influencing boldly AWAY from the truth.”

    Are you a Hillsong fan? What are your thoughts on this particular story, and on the notion of lost faith in general? I anxiously await them.

    -ALEX

     

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