Wesley disclaimer: We do not endorse Snoop Dogg, the language in this song, actions in it or anything illegal or otherwise questionable, but believe God can use anything. If you’re not a fan of PG-13 content, we recommend scrolling to the super awesome devo below 🙂
by Ruth Hallstead
This song definitely needs a bit of introduction. Snoop Dogg perhaps isn’t someone we would typically look to for an example of Christian living… I guess, God can use all kinds? I don’t know though. When I first heard about this new album, I was pretty skeptical. Coming from the singer of “Sexual Eruption”, “Smoke the Weed” and other songs I can’t type out here, gospel music seems kind of suspicious. However, after watching several of the singles from his soon-to-be released album, and reading the comments on YouTube, I’m convinced that this song does belong in a devotional. Multiple comments railed against Snoop Dogg for his hypocritical nature (their words), saying he isn’t a Christian, denouncing any connection he could have to God, and many other judgmental things. I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you think about this album, it isn’t my place to speak about that. Instead, I’m going to address one of the comments that hit me very hard in particular. One viewer wrote that he hadn’t heard anything about God from Snoop Dogg in 20+ years, so he couldn’t possibly be a Christian. Reflecting on that, I began to think about how many people only know I’m a Christian because I’ve said “I can’t stay too late, I’ve got church in the morning” or “the main campus organization I’m involved with is Bama Wesley”. Have you ever gotten the surprised “Oh, I didn’t know you were a Christian”? I have. And it hurts. Clearly we are missing something if people are surprised by our faith. While we may not verbally praise the Lord, or bring up the Bible in casual conversation, our actions should set us apart. God told Ezekiel, “A new heart I will give you and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you…” (Ezekiel 36:26-27). We have a new heart, and we are filled with God’s spirit! How amazing is that? Certainly too amazing to keep inside or to stop it from affecting our actions! As you go about your day, think about what you do. Let your actions speak volumes about your faith. Pray for God to move in you and through so that no one is ever surprised that you are a Christian. In the 1960s, the hymn “They’ll Know We are Christians by our Love” was written—let’s make that true in our lives today, and always.