Drugs and What the Bible Says

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,
Alex

Revelation 3:14-22

 

I am writing this post upon request of on of my cousins, because he told me that this is a problem within the body of Christ that I have noticed as well. Before I get into what this post is about (although I’m sure some of you have guessed based on the graphic or have already looked up the scripture) I’m going to give a little background to what is happening in the book of Revelation.

The book starts out with the apostle John having a vision of Christ. He describes Jesus’ appearance as being dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet with a golden sash around His chest. His hair was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shinning in all its brilliance (Revelation 1:13-16). That is a pretty awesome description. After John falls on his face in worship, Jesus tells him to write down the things he is about to tell him and give it to the seven churches of Asia. Each church is told what it is doing right in the eyes of the Lord, but also what they need to change so that they can become closer to God. It is here where we get into the nitty gritty.

The last church, that of Laodicea, is not commended for having anything good about it. Revelation 3:14-16 says, ” To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Laodicea was the wealthiest of the seven cities. Despite it’s wealth, it always had problems with its water supply. At one point, an aqueduct was built to bring water from hot springs into the city. But by the time it got there it was neither hot nor refreshingly cool. The church had become as bland as the water that was brought into it. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t like to drink lukewarm water. Like it the church of Laodicea had become distasteful and repugnant. The believers were indifferent about everything and therefore became idle in their relationship with God. It’s cool to see how God can use simple things, such as an aqueduct, to help us understand how he feels.

Verses 17-19 go on to say that the Laodiceans thought themselves to be rich, not needing anything. But Jesus goes on to say that they are the exact opposite: wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. Jesus tells them to invest in heavenly treasure, which they can only get from him, instead of earthly treasure. To take white clothes to wear to cover their shameful nakedness. And a salve to put on their eyes so that they could see. All these are not referring to their physical attributes, because the Laodiceans were known for their wealth, dyed clothing, and salves that helped with many eye problems. Jesus is referring to their spiritual attributes. Because of all of these things that they acquired, they didn’t have to rely on God at all. You could have all the wealth in the world and still have nothing without the vital relationship of Christ in your life. God was showing the Laodiceans that true value does not come from material possessions, but from a right relationship with God. Verse 19 says that those that God loves he will rebuke and discipline, so we should repent, because God is a loving God, but he is also a just God.

Verses 20-22 say, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”  Jesus is constantly knocking on the door of our hearts, waiting for us to turn to him and be in fellowship with him. The pleasures of this world can make us indifferent to God. I know that I don’t want that and I pray you don’t either.

Jesus tells us that if we are neither hot nor cold he will spit us out of his mouth, just as one would with lukewarm water. I want to end off with words of encouragement. Don’t settle for following God halfway. Let Christ fire up your faith and get you into action. Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart, waiting for you to turn away from idleness and turn back to him. Will you answer?

In God’s grip,

Alex