As Christians, we are called to stand apart from the world. It is the higher calling we receive when to decide to take the bold step of being a Christian. However, this does not mean that we should not interact with people of the world. It simply means that our behavior should be a contrast to that of the worldly people. A person should be able to know that you are a Christian just by a look at you.
There was a standard for Christianity that was set by Christ Himself: who we profess to follow as Christians. However, it is quite sad that as the years are drawing closer to the end of time, there is no separation of the Holy and unholy. The Christian community has become as the rebellious children of Israel who repeatedly went against the will of God. It comes as a surprise that Bethel University, a famed Christian institution located on the outskirts of the twin cities of Minnesota, would allow Snoop Dogg to perform at the university’s Super bowl.
As expected, several people have been excited by this revelation. They have applauded the coming of Snoop Dogg to the Super Bowl celebration. This is because Snoop Dogg is having a new Gospel album called Snoop Dogg Presents the Bible of Love. He’ll be performing songs from the album at Bethel’s “Super Bowl Celebration.” Sponsored by the NFL, he will perform alongside people like Sheila E., Sounds of Blackness, Tye Tribbett, The Clark Sisters, Faith Evans. According to a Billboard article, the NFL Choir will also perform to commemorate their 10-year anniversary.
Well, you know what, let’s go back to Snoop Dogg, who is really doing this.
Snoop Dogg is a renowned rapper, songwriter, actor, TV personality and record producer based in Los Angeles, California. Snoop Dog has been on several occasions linked to devil worship. He has even produced several videos such as “Murder was the case” with many devilish symbolisms. Such videos have even depicted him as one who has sold his soul to the devil. This he explicitly says in the video; Murder was the case. In the video, we see that when faced with death, Snoop Dogg agrees without hesitation to sell his soul to the Devil and in return, he is promised a better life. “I’ll make your life better than you can imagine or ever dreamed of. So relax your soul, let me take control. Close your eyes, my son.”
Now, is this a person to allow to perform at a Christian event? On the other hand, as noted by the Bethel Universities student paper, not everyone has warmed up to the idea of Snoop Dogg performing at the school’s super bowl celebration. Some people feel that allowing Snoop’s performance at the event is a sharp contravention of what is expected at a Christian school. Some individuals on campus even expressed deep concern. Bethel campus ministries dean Laurel Bunker said, “Bethel is going to hell for allowing this man on stage at Bethel.”
In a statement to staff and faculty at the institution, the school said, “The Super Bowl Celebration’s overall mission—to celebrate where faith and football meet—aligns with Bethel’s mission; however, Bethel does not get involved in the specific content of any events staged by rental groups, including this one. In fact, the Super Bowl Gospel organization only confirmed last week that this year’s headline performer will be Snoop Dogg, who is promoting his forthcoming gospel album.” Well, it is quite perturbing that the school could allow such a performance to take place in their precincts. It is the opposite of what is expected from a Christian institution.
As a Christian institution, they are supposed to uphold the highest standards of morality and promote events that build the Christian life of their students. It is a sad fact that today, many have lost sight of the difference between the holy and profane. Slowly but steadily, the world has started creeping into the church and Christian organizations. Today, we have become more and more lukewarm. We actively support what is going to destroy our faith on the pretext that we are doing outreach to the world. The themes common to the world are now within our doors.
Are you up for the idea of allowing Snoop Dogg present at this event?
Do you think we should pray for the man rather than condemning him?