By Douglas Todd, The Vancouver Sun
Canadians aren’t, statistically, supposed to be that big into Christianity. Not like all those born-again Americans. Nor are they expected to be bold and outgoing about their Christianity. But Ontario-raised teenage hearthrob Justin Bieber is becoming less and less shy about being an active Christian. He’s had a tattoo of Jesus’ face added to his leg. He has another tattoo under his armpit, of the Hebrew name for Jesus.
Not long ago the teenager with six million Twitter fans told interviewers he helps keep his ego in check through his faith in God and Jesus:
“I’m a Christian, I believe in God, I believe that Jesus died on a cross for my sins,” Bieber said in an interview about his memoir. “I believe that I have a relationship and I’m able to talk to him and really, he’s the reason I’m here, so I definitely have to remember that. As soon as I start forgetting, I’ve got to click back and be like, you know, this is why I’m here.”
The teen idol says that he’s already seen the dark side of Hollywood, calling it “a scary place” where “there’s a lot of bad things, but there’s also a lot of good things.”
Despite what he considers a close relationship with Jesus, Bieber recently told a magazine that he doesn’t go to church much, and considers himself “spiritual but not religious.” Which is a popular thing to be these days.