Kendrick Lamar wants to showcase a side of God that he hasn’t seen in church, one that focuses less on the blessings of God and more on God’s wrath.
Lamar, the 29-year-old rapper whose fourth studio album “Da–” is sitting atop Billboard charts, believes the churches that only focus on the idea of hope are one-sided.
“I went to a local church some time ago, and it appalled me that the same program was in practice. A program that I seen as a kid the few times I was in service,” Lamar wrote in an email to Hip Hop website DJ Booth. “Praise, dance. Worship. (Which is beautiful.) Pastor spewing the idea of someone’s season is approaching. The idea of hope.
However, Lamar said he felt a sense of emptiness when he heard these types of sermons as a child. Now that the Grammy award-winning rapper based out of Compton, California, has been studying his faith for himself, he revealed why he was leaving churches feeling “spiritually unsatisfied as a child.”
The rapper said he discovered a “simple truth” that while God is loving and merciful, He is also a jealous God of “discipline and obedience.”