When the theology of Gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg proves to have a stronger foundation than the Pope’s you have to question what is going on?! In case you haven’t heard, Snoop Dogg has just put out a Gospel Album called Bible of Love. Within the very same week, the leader of 1.2 Billion Catholics has allegedly stated that “…there is no hell and that sinful souls simply disappear after death.” also said that, “…trying to convert someone to Christianity is solemn nonsense.”
I’m not going to focus so much on what the pope said. The Vatican is scrambling, and other Catholic leaders are trying to clarify. But frankly, nothing the Catholic Pope has done in the last couple of years seems out of step with these comments and it appears that there is currently a lot of Spiritual and Theological confusion in the world’s largest Christian denomination.
I have many believing Catholic friends, and I challenge you to wrestle with trying to reconcile the theology of the Catholic church with the Scriptures.
But today I want to talk about Snoop. I was caught off guard by Snoop’s latest album, Bible of Love and the interviews and criticism that followed.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. It has long been the practice of famous singers to do a gospel album to cash in on the money to be made off of their fans who also love Jesus. But I found something different here.
Both in interviews and songs, Snoop mentions that he is a sinner and that he needs love and redemption. In the album, I heard words like Jesus, blood, grace, sin, etc. There are some modern worship albums who can’t say that. If I am listening to gospel/hip-hop/rap music, I prefer something a little more profound and theologically mature, like Flame, NF or Trip Lee.
But I liked this album, and I genuinely believe that Snoop is searching and trying to grow in his understanding of Redemption and faith in Jesus Christ. I do not think this is just a ploy to make more money.
He will likely never read this, but just in case he does… Snoop, here is some advice from someone who has been serving the Lord and making disciples for many years as a missionary.
Seek out discipleship and mentorship. There are many people out there who would love to help you grow in faith and understanding as you seek Jesus. You are the master of your music game, but none of us has reached that status in our spiritual walk. Don’t be caught on the wide road, but let someone guide you in the narrow path of Jesus.