Justin Bieber is undoubtedly one of the world’s biggest pop stars. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Bieber was asked two tough and controversial questions about life.
Abortion: “I really don’t believe in abortion… It’s like killing a baby?”
Rape: “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don’t know how that (rape) would be a reason (for abortion). I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”
In an industry where most grown adults would not dare to answer such questions, Justin Bieber takes a clear stand for life. You might think the anti-abortion comment would have polarized him, but it was his response to rape that has caused more controversy. The media and Pro-Life Christian groups have spun Bieber’s comment, accusing him of believing that it’s a part of God’s plan for women to be raped.
That’s not what Justin Bieber believes.
Of course God does not will for a woman to be raped. This goes against who God is. As a result of rape, a woman might become pregnant, but God still moves in these terrible situations and His will can still be known. Our security in God is not based on a situation (rape), it’s based on reconciliation (restoration).
Looking at our Church’s history, we have many individuals who have faced this very situation. Saint Agnes, Saint Lucy, Saint Maria Goretti, Blessed Antonia Mesina, and Blessed Teresa Bracco are all holy women who have faced attempted rape or suffered actual rape. Each one of these women could have blamed God for the terrible injustice they faced, but rather, they sought the security of God’s restoration during their time of trial.
Being in the world but not of the world is hard. Justin Bieber’s admirable stance has been widely misunderstood but if viewed through the lens of a mature, faithful Catholic Christian, Bieber’s belief is clear: we must defend life in all cases even in the most terrible situations. Justin Bieber is a great example of a young person taking a stand for the culture of life.