Justin Bieber: Deportation?

I’m not exactly sure why everyone is having a good laugh about trying to deport the Justin Bieber. Actually, I am. I’m not exactly a fan of his either. My kids are far too young to have music preferences, but if they were teens, Justin Bieber’s music would be banned from the house. I am not fond of the kid; I think he’s incredibly immature, his music sucks, and he makes a mockery of anything he stands for, especially when he name drops Jesus Christ…like people really buy that one Biebs. I’d be ashamed to be his parent. But truthfully, when I see the snickers against a fool in his folly, it reminds me of a few things:

  • Fools are easily spotted. You don’t have to be a wise man to see them; heck, even a fool can spot another fool from a mile away. Which, brings me to my next two points.
  • When I was 19 years old, I was an incredibly stupid kid. I did asinine things all the time and couldn’t be bothered to care for the outcome or how that reflected upon my peers. I especially didn’t care about how that reflected upon my parents. Shame on me though, especially if I think that what I did was better than Bieber. Yeah, he’s an idiot and has been shown to be an idiot for more time than this – but in all truth, I was idiot too. I just didn’t get caught being an idiot as much as I should have. Thank God I didn’t have the kind of money he has when I was that age.
  • Most of those I’ve seen posting about this were just as foolish as Justin Bieber in the formative years of figuring out just how stoooooopid they could be. I was being stupid with them. Stop playing it off like you weren’t getting high, drunk, driving recklessly, and even some of you – resisting arrest. You just didn’t have the same amount of money to waste, nor did you always get caught. When you did, it wasn’t national news. Surely, you were probably seen as a bad influence by many, many moms. If not, they probably didn’t know you all too well.
  • I recognize not all teenagers are reckless and irresponsible. But I am also not naïve in saying that those responsible teens make up probably about 50% of the nations teens if that. If you don’t believe me, see this neat little infographic. However, this is just for teens in high school; I’m willing to bet the numbers go up a bit after graduation, and especially when they go to college.
  • Let’s pretend for a minute that when you are of legal age to use alcohol (and now, if marijuana becomes nationally legal) that this automatically makes you a responsible person. Oh, wait. Nevermind. Too bad it doesn’t work like that, huh?

Granted, there are plenty of responsible people who drink and there are plenty of people who get high that still maintain responsibilities (never mind the legal issues on that one… It’s responsible dangit!). But what about those who don’t? Are you enjoying a good laugh at a 19 year old while you’re still using illegal drugs, or while you’re getting wasted? Are you a good role-model for America’s children? For those who aren’t letting pot affect their responsible lives – are you an outstanding member of society (again, never mind the legal issues behind using illicit drugs – because that’s not irresponsible…)?

If you’re doing something illegal habitually, or willfully and knowingly, I don’t think that qualifies you as responsible. If you’re not doing these things and you think you are better than the Biebs, you probably were just as much of a fool at one point as he is now. If you’ve never done anything you’re ashamed of in your life, well, good on you I suppose. Everyone has skeletons in their closets. EVERYONE. Stop playing all high and mighty and judge things appropriately.

Sure, you can label him a fool. He is. But should we demand he be deported on the basis of his idiocy when there are so many larger issues at stake in our country? Should we really waste much more time on this kid – when every other person he has looked up to in the music and film industry has likely endorsed this kind of behavior in lyrical style, plot development, or lifestyle?

As a society, I find it more than scary that we can mobilize and get over 100,000 signatures in a couple days to deport Justin Bieber, but we can’t do things that are of much greater significance.

Never mind that the penal institution let him off with not even a slap on the wrist and has done so with other, much more heinous criminals. Never mind how so many of the big fools are running the government. Never mind how these same big fools are slowly trying to change the Constitution. Never mind how we are still going further into national debt each day – we’ll get out one day!! Never mind the people that are committing incredible acts of injustice against children, women, and men. Never mind the fact that racial inequality is still alive and well in the South. Never mind that we have cities like Detriot and Flint that are deteriorating in the midst of our nation – God helps those who help themselves right? Never mind that the former quote is not found in the Bible anywhere, but let’s attribute it to that anyways! Never mind that we have a nation more polarized and divided than it has ever been before. Never mind that we can see where our teens get these ideas (just look at the Grammys). But you keep doing you ‘Murica; you’re wicked smaht.

Let’s focus on Justin Bieber, because that’s just the responsible thing to do.


3 thoughts on “Justin Bieber: Deportation?

    • I would agree with you wholeheartedly that they ought to accept that kind of responsibility, but I would argue it goes much deeper than that. Whether a person is famous or not, they can likely be a role model. However, the notion of accountability is passed to all people. Not just the famous, not just the criminals, not just the government – but even the ordinary folks who work and provide for their families. The problem is in the fact that at one point or another, we all fall short of this accountability. While we could speak in ethereal terms of what holds one accountable, it seems that scripture is very clear on this. The problem is one of sin, covering all people. Yet, no one wants to hear that. This is what makes the gospel so important, but altogether dividing, even more simply because no one wants to hold up to a measure of scrutiny that declares all people as evil and without any merit unless they are forgiven in Christ.


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