Can we talk about the heroism of good marriages in Justin Bieber’s newest single and music video “Holy”?
Bieber’s new single, featuring Chance the Rapper, seems to be about his marriage with his wife Hailey and their relationship with God.
Bieber sings, “That the way you hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me / Feels so holy, holy, holy, holy, holy / On God / Runnin' to the altar like a track star / Can't wait another second.”
These lines seem to point to their short journey of dating (again), engagement, and marriage — all within 2018. It’s possible that Justin and Hailey’s commitment to save sex for marriage helped keep the relationship moving forward, both by keeping their minds clear and by giving the relationship a definite goal. Their decision to marry also seems founded on their faith in God: “The first step pleases the Father / Might be the hardest to take / But when you come out of the water / I'm a believer.”
Other lines seem to address the critiques they received for marrying at the young ages of 24 (Justin) and 21 (Hailey): “They say we're too young and / The pimps and the players say, "Don't go crushing" / Wise men say fools rush in.” But as they say, when you know, you know.
Overall, it’s a catchy, upbeat, and positive love song, with a dash of gospel sound to support the Christian message.
Ok, let’s talk about the music video. It’s kind of a bummer that it isn’t actually Hailey co-starring in the music video, because wouldn’t that be the sweetest? But Bieber’s co-star Ryan Destiny is beautiful and glowing and fills the role of an inspiring and amazing wife perfectly.
My favorite thing about the story in the video is that even though Bieber and his wife are going through incredibly tough times, they stick together. I also loved that they’re helped by a member of the military (as an Air Force brat, I was totally, “Go military!” at that part) and the generosity of him and his wife. It takes a generous marriage to bring home strangers, welcome them to your dinner table, and give them food and friendship. But how radically life-changing would that be?
And this part of the story shows God’s providence — He is taking care of Bieber and his wife through the goodwill and courageous virtue of other human beings — beautifully illustrating the lyrics “I know I ain't leaving you like I know He ain't leaving us / I know we believe in God and I know God believes in us.”
I dare you to watch this music video and not tear up by the end.