Worshippers joined together in California this past weekend to worship at The Los Angeles “Freedom Experience” concert. Among the performers was pop artist Justin Bieber. During his time on stage, he took a moment to pause and acknowledged “the presence of God.”
“And some of you, I don’t know, might not be used to this kind of atmosphere. But what you’re feeling right now is the presence of God,” Bieber stated somberly. “And He doesn’t need perfect people. He just wants to use average, ordinary, broken people like us. And I’m tired of religion…I’m tired of division…I just want to know what it looks like to love people, you know. I want to know that Jesus who goes to where the broken people are.”
According to 1DayLa’s description, the event was designed to offer “hope and help by organizing city beautification projects, back-to-school events, free medical clinics, homeless assistance, and aid distribution.”
Hosted by Jason Kennedy of E!, the concert included other celebrities like Chandler Moore of Maverick City, Chance the Rapper, Tori Kelly, and Jaden Smith. Over 20,000 volunteers were present as well.
“Historic,” Kari Jobe wrote on Instagram as she shared clips of the worship experience. The worship singer also shared Bieber’s comments.
Kelly felt honored to share the stage with music legends. “The Freedom Experience, what an incredible night filled with so much love!!” Kelly wrote on Instagram. “Thank you to @1dayLA & the thousands of volunteers who went & served this city. thank you to the entire crew who made this event possible!”
Judah Smith, Bieber’s pastor and main leader of ChurchHome, provided ministry during the event. Nashville-based Pastor Henry Seely and Texas Pastor Robert Madu were in attendance as well.
Bieber released his first gospel album, Holy, in April. Bieber was reportedly inspired to join the 1DayLA movement “because of his strong and long-held belief that giving of ourselves in service to others is one of the most important things we can do,” according to a statement shared by Billboard. “[He is] committed to the powerful idea that a movement for change can start with individuals helping one another and their community.”