Snoop Dogg and Kirk Franklin are returning for the second installment of their three-part From Gangster to Gospel to Redemption series with a conversation every saint and sinner should be tuned into.
For Episode 2, Snoop and Kirk touch on a critical subject matter that’s not addressed frequently enough in the gospel and Christian community: the church’s responsibility to non-judgment and its intersection with non-believers. Kirk points out that many people find themselves turned off from church for numerous reasons but ponders why. Though Uncle Snoop doesn’t have every answer for that question, he does emphasize the importance of non-judgement and acceptance for all types of sinners among members of the church. “Open your arms,” Snoop says. “Open them up for the worst sinner. I don’t care what he done; let him in.”
Kirk exchanges Snoop’s point with an amen-worthy response that breaks it down even more:
Any hospitals that turns away sick people needs to be shut down,” he said. “And not only that, we can’t send people to hospitals that have sick people as well.” As the men discourse further on the topic, they also recollect the judgment Snoop faced from all directions upon the release of Bible of Love. Fortunately, Snoop (who just celebrated his 46th birthday) is now in a position where he controls his own art and has the money to back whatever type of music he chooses to create—independent of any label or industry executive interference. But, as him and Kirk point out, there were still those from the hip-hop community who snickered at the idea of a Snoop album, and those from the church who turned their noses up. The real ones held Uncle Snoop down though, as evidenced by the blazoning success of the album and his supporter count, which flourished after Bible of Love’s release.
Hit play on a few gems with the rap icon and gospel leader as they further discuss prideful leaders in politic, Kirk’s teenage struggle after impregnating a young woman, and even bring out two special guests for an acoustic rendition of “I’d Rather Have Jesus.”
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