IT'S ONLY WEED! DOPE! POT!
On my way to work this morning with my boss, we entered into a discussion/debate about the legalization of the "Weed." It was sparked by the news that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill yesterday to legalize marijuana in his state. Nineteen other states have legalized the use of the drug for medical purposes, while ten others are considering similar laws. However, only Colorado and Washington have legalized the substance for recreational use.
A growing number of Americans are now supporting the decriminalization of marijuana use. In 1969, only 12 percent of Americans favored legalizing marijuana use, while 84 percent were opposed. Now 52 percent say marijuana should be made legal, while 45 percent disagree. So why not lift the ban nationwide?
There are four main arguments put forth in support of legalization:
1. Decriminalization will relieve the courts of the huge backlog of drug cases for minor offenses which clog the system. Guess the more common the crime, the less we should prosecute !
2. States will increase tax revenue. If we make such assertion, will it not follow that we should legalize not only marijuana but also heroin, cocaine and other hard drugs
3. Illegal drug dealers will be put out of business if the ban on marijuana is lifted. Really? Considering the nature of man, will they not find other popular illegal drugs to exploit and promote? At the same time, will those who espouse decriminalization not campaign for other drugs to be legalized also?
4. Alcohol is an addictive stimulant and more destructive but it is legal. Also, tobacco causes just as much damage and people smoke a whole lot more cigarettes than they ever would joints and it is legal. The point is that it makes no sense to ban it while allowing for other more potent and addictive drugs. My mom would say "two wrongs don't make a right!" Just because alcohol is legal is no reason to legalize other poisons. Alcohol's toll on society is positively incalculable and mind-boggling - drunk driving accidents, fatalities and injuries, destroyed property, health care costs, shattered families, domestic violence, and lost productivity. Now we should add another poison to the mix? With that logic why don't we just legalize it all......heroin, cocaine, meth, paint huffing, glue sniffing etc. Let's just triple society's problems for no real reason other than so drug addicts can get high and veg out on the couch.
The medical benefits, the social and moral implications of legalized marijuana as well as the role of government to legislate behavior can certainly be debated. Indeed, it is a free society; but with freedom comes responsibility. John Klein, political columnist and author and advocate of legalization of marijuana concedes that: "legalization of marijuana would compound the cascade of society toward unlimited individual rights—a trend that can be catastrophic if there isn’t a countervailing social emphasis on personal and civic responsibility. It might well accelerate the trend toward the couchification of American life; it certainly would not be a step toward the social rigor we’re going to need to compete in a global economy."
Does Scripture address the issue? While there is no mention of marijuana in the Bible, there are principles which should govern our behavior on questionable issues . First, The Bible forbids intoxication (Proverbs 23:31-35; Habakkuk 2:15; Galatians 5:21) and teaches us to "be self-controlled" (1Peter 5:8). Even proponents of marijuana usage encourage users never to drive a motor vehicle while using marijuana. Because when one use marijuana, one is legally intoxicated and incapable of clear thinking and reasonable reactions.
Second, Apostle Paul reminded believers that :"All things are permissible, but all are not beneficial." (1 Corinthians 6:12) Will legalized "pot" really be beneficial to our families, businesses, and society? Will it encourage honest labor, innovation, and personal and civic responsibility?
Third, We do well to remember the biblical truth: "You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your body" (1Corinthians 6:19-20).
Finally, we are commanded to live soberly and godly as we will surely give an account to our creator for things done in the body (1Corinthians 5:10-12)
Whether it's alcohol, tobacco or marijuana, it all comes down to choosing God or choosing an escape - a plant or a chemical induced temporary escape from a reality we cannot face. Choosing to trust God, relying on Him and seeking His will in our lives is ALWAYS the right answer. Believe it or not, it is in submission to our Creator and His Word that we find true freedom!
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