What about Pot?
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12)
Marijuana usage is on the rise. I believe medical marijuana has a number of benefits and can be utilized without it becoming mind altering. I am supportive of offering those in need medical marijuana. My concern is with all mind-altering drugs, including alcohol, whose purpose is recreational. Hard alcohol has become so commonplace that it is back on television commercials. The illegality of marijuana wasn’t the perfect answer, but now, as it is becoming legalized for commercial use, we will soon see a new set of issues. The number of drug centers and support groups will be on the rise, as marijuana becomes legal and more acceptable. Worse, it will make us less productive as a society. In the same way we cannot keep cigarettes and vape away from our youth, we will fail to keep marijuana from our youth, because we are blessing its usage.
I understand and agree that we can do a better job of controlling marijuana usage and sales, if the government is in control. But this does not address the issue of the morality of marijuana usage. My mentor, Rev. Allen Montgomery gave a powerful sermon one Sunday, when he said, and I paraphrase, “When alcohol and drugs cloud the brain, they act as a wall that deflects the Holy Spirit from entering our mind and body.” The greatest issue with marijuana legalization is the negative impact it will have on individuals’ lives and those of their families. Further, I am concerned for the spiritual impact it will have on the individual soul.
When you’re young, you don’t think about dementia when you get older. When you are young, you think you are invincible. When you are young, you do not think your actions have long-term consequences. The Holy Spirit is part of the One, True God, and as such, is perfect. A perfect Spirit is not going to hang out in an alcohol- or drug-addled mind and soul. The Spirit could break down the wall, but just to sit in the swamp of chemical confusion?
Today, pray for this issue. Seek answers to the larger questions regarding marijuana and other drugs. We have seen the destructive effects of opioids on our society, and you needed a doctor’s prescription for those drugs. Pray for our leaders to consider the unintentional consequences of their decisions. Finally, pray for your own decisions. Eating a legally purchased marijuana cookie may not be any worse than having a few shots of whiskey, but does that make it the right decision for all concerned? This is a spiritual issue, because everything that affects society is a spiritual issue. Plus, I believe Rev. Montgomery, when he says it affects the human soul. This is an ethical issue that requires our prayerful attention.