The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to email@example.com.
This Week's Rapper: Sam Sneed This Week's Subject(s): God's view on smoking pot, of course We've never extended Ask A Rapper into two parts; the nature of it calls for it to be short and a little off-kilter (something Raye 6 didn't quite grasp). However, Sam Sneed is a smart, insightful dude, so we plucked his brain for longer than we initially led him to believe we would. Read his answers. You'll see what we're talking about. For Christ's sake, he included references to Bible passages with each response.
Rocks Off: This interview will run on 4/20, which means we need to ask you some questions about weed. Like, why do so many rappers go gaga over it? It's not all that great, y'know.
Sam Sneed: After the fall of mankind with Adam in the Garden of Eden, man was spiritually separated from God. From then on man was born into the world with a sin nature, which is the reason Jesus Christ had to die on the cross: for the redemption of man back into right stand with God. We all have different desires that we think fulfills or empowers us. For some its fame, for others its sex, for others its drugs (weed), for some its money, others houses, cars, boats, and yet others power and control. So to answer your question, they go gaga over because they are, according to James 1:14*, drawn to it by their own lust for it. *James 1:14: "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed."
RO: A lot of times you'll hear people invoke the "God made weed, it has to be good" defense. You're cool with God. Has he ever mentioned his stance on that to you? SS: This is a very good question, a phrase that I have heard many times. Everything that God created was good, everything. As far as weed goes, God created every plant on the face of the planet*; however, it was man who took the plants that God created, altered them and used them outside of their original intent to fulfill their fleshly desires. *Genesis 1:21 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning the sixth day.
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RO: Okay, so what do you think he'd say? SS: God continually shows me things that man have altered from his original purpose. Another example is sex. God created and blessed sex in the content of marriage, but it was man that took sex, perverted it and had it outside of original intent to fulfill their lustful desires. Man introduced the world to sexual acts such as fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bestiality, pornography, etc... which ultimately caused God to destroy mankind by flooding the earth for 40 days and 40 nights*. Genesis 6:1-22 RO: Is it any more (or less) acceptable for a rapper such as yourself to smoke pot? Like, if you were at a convention of church rappers and asked some of them if they wanted to go smoke in your hotel room, what type of response would you get?
SS: First and far most, I don't smoke. But for the sake of the question, if I was at a church convention and asked other gospel rappers if they wanted to go smoke in my hotel room, the response I most would likely get would be "NO WAY!" It is definitely not acceptable for me to smoke pot. I am an ambassador for Christ*. It is my job to be a guiding light in the mist of darkness, to let my light shine before men** so that they give praise to my father God in Heaven. *2 Corinthians 5:20: "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." **Matthew 5:16: "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Booyah, suckas. Be back here next Tuesday for your second helping of ass-kicking enlightenment, courtesy again of Mr. Sneed and his unforgiving grasp of churchly logic.