This is something that God has placed on my heart for a while now. A while back, some of my good friends got into smoking marijuana, and from there on, started doing harder drugs. I have seen how the simple use of marijuana has completely changed how a person thinks and acts. I write this especially to the people who say things like, “God put marijuana on earth so why can’t I smoke it?” I will give examples as to why not that come from the Bible.
First, marijuana and other illegal drugs are well, illegal. Romans 13:1-5 says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.” Now of course if a governing authority is demanding that you do something that goes against God, don’t do it. But be prepared for the consequences that go with it. That goes for both the wrongdoer and those of you who are trying to obey God with all that you’ve got. Just as King Nebuchadnezzar demanded that Radshack, Meshach, and Abednego bow down before the statue, they refused because it was not what God wanted them to do. They were punished, so to speak. They were thrown into a furnace. But God was with them! He protected them! And just as Jesus and his disciples would sometimes disobey the laws the Pharisees had put in place, not out of rebellion or defiance, but because it was against God.
Secondly, smoking marijuana and other illegal drugs is a problem of sobriety. 1 Peter 1:13-16 says, ” Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you as the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of our former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’.” 1 Peter 5:8,9 says, “Be sober minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” Now smoking marijuana and doing other illegal drugs isn’t exactly being sober minded. Now I like 1 Peter 5:8,9, because it tells us that if we are struggling with substance abuse, there are people who have gone through the same thing you have, people you can talk to and keep accountability with, people who can encourage and help you.
My main reason for writing about this is to say that God does not approve of doing drugs that alter the state of your mind. People say that God put it here so why not smoke it? I have also heard that marijuana is not addicting, that the person using can stop whenever they want to, and that marijuana is not a gateway drug. God wants us to obey the governing authorities and he wants us to be sober minded. Psychologically, marijuana is very addicting, and sometimes physically, depending on if your dealer decides to lace it with something. I have seen how addictive it can be, and because it is addicting, people can’t stop whenever they feel like it. By seeing my friends do marijuana, they moved on to harder stuff because the wanted a better high. Don’t believe the lies that people tell you about marijuana, because I have seen how untruthful they are and how they change people.
In God’s grip,