Marijuana use is experiencing a new “high” in popularity, particularly among baby boomers, according to the recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The “medicinal” use dispensaries popping up in several states, which have turned their reddened eyes away from the Federal laws, provide easier access for anyone seeking temporary relief from a wide variety of pains.
Most Christians think the Bible doesn’t provide guidance about the wonder weed, however, you might be surprised. Smoking pot gets in the way of God’s plan for your life.
Here’s the blunt truth: People who use marijuana for “enjoyment” are dancing with the devil with an addictive drug that compromises your health, vitality and ability to protect and provide for those who rely on you.
I worked in a dual-diagnosis drug rehabilitation facility for a decade, and have seen firsthand how marijuana, alcohol and other drugs can cut futures short, undermine growth, spark mental illness, and halt progress. Clearly, it’s best to say nope to dope because it’s not your bud!
So why is drug use soaring among boomers? Turning to pot helps escape reality. We live in stressful times, and when the demands of reality outstrip a man's character and capacity to meet those demands (in the home, in marriage, in difficult times, in adversity), that feels BAD. When we feel BAD about ourselves we want, and are encouraged, to feel GOOD. Drugs suspend or numb feelings about our inability to cope.
Ironically, the key to quitting is to surrender to reality -- the reality that there’s a creator, who can restore you to health and provide abundant life on earth and eternally.
What the Bible Says about Pot
- The Bible mentions weed, the kind that interferes with agriculture in Genesis 3:18. Of course, pot was something you cooked in, as mentioned in Numbers 11:18. Some people argue that God created the herbs (including marijuana) for us to enjoy, saying in Genesis 1:29 “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
- However, the Hebrew word for “herb” is much less specific, having the general meaning "plant," with the root word having the meaning "green." Furthermore, the verse talks about fruit trees, indicating that the real meaning of the verse is about edible plants. So, the verse makes it clear that God created the plants for us for eating. It doesn't say anything about smoking them! The only smoking mentioned directly in the Bible was caused by burning wood, houses, and sacrifices.
- But, the Bible does refer to drug use, along with other deeds of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21, when the word “sorcery” is used. "Sorcery" translated in Greek is “pharmakeia,” from which we get the English word "pharmacy." The primary meaning is "the use or the administering of drugs" (usually associated with sorcery or idolatry).
Some people excuse pot smoking because it’s not harmful, not addictive and it’s only for recreational purposes. But these are deceptive lies, created by the enemy. Smoking pot damages the mouth, esophagus, lungs, heart, the mind and motivation. Marijuana delivers a physical and mental stimulus that becomes addictive.
God wants a personal relationship with you, but for many today, weed is in the way. I suggest getting high on the Holy Spirit and let God dwell within you. That’s one trip that won’t go bad.
*Kenny Luck is the President and Founder of Every Man Ministries. As the Men’s Pastor at Saddleback Church in California, Kenny has found the proven way to improve men’s ministries around the world. Sleeping Giant is this blueprint, and gives men the tools they need to lead and understand their own men’s ministry.