The devoutly Christian pop star Justin Bieber is being hit with backlash on social media after posting his support for Israel.
Justin Bieber deletes and reposts ‘Praying For Israel’ story after the original post he shared had the words over a photo of destruction in Gaza. pic.twitter.com/5yHoXC8Ilr
— Pop Base (@PopBase) October 11, 2023
Bieber Hit With Backlash Over Israel Post
The Independent reported that Bieber, 29, took to his Instagram Story on Wednesday to post the words “Praying for Israel” over an image of buildings in the Gaza Strip that had been destroyed after Israel retaliated for the Hamas terrorist attacks that were launched on Saturday. Within an hour, Bieber deleted the post and replaced it with just the words “Praying for Israel” with no background image.
The damage, however, was already done, as social media users were quick to slam Bieber for the post.
justin bieber posting “praying for israel” using a picture of a destroyed gaza is actually insane pic.twitter.com/GNcEyhNk6V
— Hurt CoPain (@SaeedDiCaprio) October 11, 2023
So Justin bieber a singer millions of Muslims listen to unfortunately, putting up a picture of a blown up Gaza and saying ‘Praying for Israel’! These people are mental wallahi, this stupidity is the equivalent of me putting up a picture of the fallen twin towers in New York and… pic.twitter.com/4ptWdJXsQc
— Omar Esa (@1omaresa) October 12, 2023
Virtue signaling idiot Justin Bieber posts a meme that says “Praying for Israel” but features a picture of bombed out GAZA, where Palestinian civilians are being obliterated by IDF air strikes. pic.twitter.com/rXBuQ7ucR1
— HealthRanger (@HealthRanger) October 12, 2023
— Majid Freeman (@Majstar7) October 11, 2023
Justin Bieber posting “praying for Israel” on a backdrop of a destroyed Gaza City.
Proof of you needed it that none of them actually care and are just jumping on it as if it’s an Instagram trend.
I doubt most of them could point to Israel/Palestine on a map. pic.twitter.com/OSvY7nkona
— Tom Levins (@TomLevins1) October 11, 2023
Support Conservative Voices!
Sign up to receive the latest political news, insight, and commentary delivered directly to your inbox.
Bieber had previously said that he would not be picking sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
“To vilianize [sic] all Palestinians or all Israeli people to me seems wrong,” Bieber wrote on his Instagram Story. “I’m not interested in choosing sides, but I am interested in standing with the families who have been brutally taken from us.”
We’re the first people to call out virtue-signaling celebrities when they make ignorant mistakes as they desperately try to hop on the latest social media trends for clout, so we can’t give Bieber a full pass on this one. He definitely should have done his research before he posted about this issue, as if he had, he would never have been hit with this kind of backlash.
That being said, given the fact that Bieber is a devout Christian, we also believe that his heart was likely in the right place. Over the past few years, Bieber has gone above and beyond to help his fans, many of whom are young people, find God just as he has.
Justin Bieber was created by God to be Christian singer.
Hallelujah ☝️ pic.twitter.com/urstHzjk6N
— Mkanaani 🇮🇱🇷🇺 (@Mkanaani_) October 11, 2023
Bieber’s Christian Faith
After falling victim to the temptations of drugs and alcohol, as many in the music world do, Bieber credits finding God with saving him.
“I really took a deep dive in my faith,” Bieber explained in a 2020 interview, according to Fox News. “I believed in Jesus but I never really, like…when it says following Jesus is actually turning away from sin, and so there’s no, it talks about it in the Bible, there’s no faith without obedience.”
In the years since then, Bieber has worked hard on his relationship with God.
“The way I look at God and my relationship with Jesus is I’m not trying to earn God’s love by doing good things,” he explained. “God has already loved me for who I am before I did anything to earn or deserve it. It’s a free gift by accepting Jesus, giving your life to him, and what he did is the gift. The forgiveness is the thing that we look at and we go, you know, I’m going to worship you, God, because you gave me something so good.”
Justin Bieber opened up about his rekindled Christian faith in a remarkable interview in which he reveals that the turning point in his life came when he realized that “following Jesus is actually turning away from sin.”
Clip 1 of 2: pic.twitter.com/1zwUN45RU4
— Disrn (@DisrnNews) February 20, 2020
Bieber Leads Fans In Prayer
Last year, Bieber stopped one of his concerts to lead tens of thousands of his fans in prayer.
“God, I pray right now for every fear, every insecurity, every bad thought we have about ourselves or someone else; we just release that right now in the name of Jesus,” he said. “We release our selfish ways and know that you happily take them, Jesus. We thank you God that you are here.”
“Thank you that you love us, thank you that you are for us, thank you that you are proud of us,” Bieber continued. “We welcome your Spirit into this place … you told us that you’ll never leave us, you’ll never forsake us.”
“I pray against any tormenting thought, any insecure thought, we just give it to You, in Jesus’ name,” he concluded. “You know the darkest, most shameful things in our heart, and You accept us and call us Yours. We are Your children, and You are well pleased. You’re so big, You’re so powerful, we trust You.”
Yes, Bieber should have researched his photo before posting it, but perhaps Christians at least should cut him a bit of slack on this one. In the end, Bieber likely only wants peace so that he can continue spreading the word of God to as many people around the globe as possible.
Now is the time to support and share the sources you trust.
The Political Insider ranks #3 on Feedspot’s “100 Best Political Blogs and Websites.”