It’s not surprising that people are a bit skeptical about the authenticity of Justin Bieber’s engagement to Hailey Baldwin. People might ask if the 25-year-old pop star and his 21-year-old model girlfriend are too young, or too emotionally stunted by fame, to be talking marriage, life’s ultimate commitment.
Then there’s the way Bieber and Baldwin keep ending up in paparazzi photos. That includes earlier this week when TMZ photographed them, weeping together in a park in New York City while riding bikes.
We now know the reason behind Justin Bieber’s tears. https://t.co/cCOeRH4rmp
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) August 10, 2018
Sure, the paparazzi pursue these young, pretty lovebirds. But sometimes it seems as if the lovebirds are happy to be caught, as if some grander strategy for Bieber’s branding efforts is at play. One cynical writer asked if the two’s frequent public outings will be featured in Bieber’s next music video.
But perhaps cynics should reserve judgement and note the book Bieber was carrying when photographed Wednesday.
The book is “The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God.” Bieber flashed it to TMZ as a way of showing that he is, in fact, taking his impending marriage very vows seriously.
The tome comes from New York Times best-selling author Timothy Keller, a pastor and theologian who lectures widely on how to apply the Bible and Christian principles to building loving, committed relationships. One of those principles, Keller argues, is that people should save sex for marriage.
Bieber, who has spoken about his Christian faith and love for God, displayed the book to TMZ to explain why he was so overwhelmed by emotion during his bike ride with Baldwin the day before. He said Keller’s wisdom has taught him important lessons on building a strong relationship.
“You got good days and you got bad days,” he told TMZ. “It’s not real if it doesn’t have any bad days.”
Among the book’s other teachings is that the Bible confines sex to marriage — which begs the question of whether Bieber and Baldwin are waiting for marriage to become intimate.
Actually, if they have taken a chastity vow, per Keller’s teachings, they wouldn’t be the first celebrity couple to do so. Even in the usual pleasure-seeking culture of Hollywood and entertainment, prominent couples like Russell Wilson and Ciara, or Miranda Kerr and Snapchat billionaire Evan Spiegel, were public about their desire to wait for marriage to consummate their relationships.
In lectures available on YouTube and other sites, Keller explains why it’s harmful to people’s emotional and spiritual health to have premarital sex or to co-habitate.
“Sex inside a committed marriage is magic. It’s like blowing on the coals of this incredible, beautiful and powerful flame,” said Keller, who founded the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan in 2008, specifically to appeal to young, urban followers.
By contrast, Keller explained how sex outside of marriage is just a self-centered way of holding yourself back and, of only getting fulfillment, but not giving. He added …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment