I once met a group of college athletes who told me they smoked marijuana regularly, but that didn’t mean they didn’t love Jesus. I tried to understand where they were coming from, but I also had to stand on Biblical ground in a loving and graceful way.
Don’t get me wrong, smoking pot is no greater of a sin than lying, cheating, stealing, or lusting – things we are all guilty of. The big problem wasn’t just the activity of smoking, but that even after reading The Bible they made a conscious decision to follow through with it.
This post is not coming from a biased opinion. I experienced my fair share of smoking when I was younger, and I need people to realize that it’s only because of the grace of God that I am where I stand today.
Some excuses as to why people think smoking pot is ok:
1. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. (1 Timothy 4:4)
2. “It helps me pray and study The Bible better.”
Let me make this post short and sweet by stating one fact.
Anything selfishly taken that purposely distorts the way God initially created us to think, feel, or visualize is not of Him. If you truly aspire to be a Christ follower, why would you want to take part in anything that would change the way he originally created you to be?
Just like the topic of alcohol and drunkenness, God calls us to be sober-minded.
1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
There are many things God created in this world that have been taken captive by the ways of Satan. Don’t get caught up in the lies of the world.
What does this mean?
Getting “high” isn’t of God, and shouldn’t be tolerated or justified as so. Don’t let marijuana get in the way of your true identity.