A Letter to Justin Bieber Regarding his Profession of Faith
Michael Brown In my open letter to Justin Bieber last week, I stated that it's great that he's talking about Jesus and that he's not ashamed to say that he wants to live like Him.
The question is — and it's the one I sought to answer in a positive way in my letter — what does it mean to live like Him? What does it mean to be a true Christian? Does our conduct matter? Is it reasonable to think that a follower of Jesus will live differently than the world?
It's one thing to recognize that on our best day, we still fall short and we are in constant need of God's grace. It's another thing to say that professing faith in Jesus is enough and that it's condemning or negative or hateful to call for a changed life.
What, then, do you think Jesus meant when He said to His disciples, "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell" (Matthew 5:27-30).
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries. He is the author of 25 books and hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire.
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