Wednesday, April 22

Can Christians Smoke Weed Now That It's Legal?

These days, there seems to be an ever-widening gap between what is right, and what is legal. As Americans, we treasure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As Christians, we seek to serve and glorify God in all things. But what happens when these two ideals come into conflict, particularly when it’s in the “pursuit of happiness”? That’s a question more and more Christians will have to ask themselves as marijuana becomes legal.
With the recreational use of marijuana (or pot as its more commonly called) now legal in Colorado and Washington, most people believe it’s only a matter of time before the substance is accepted nationwide. However, Andy Crouch of Christianity Todaybelieves the new law changes nothing. In his latest article for the website, Crouch asserts that drugs like pot have no place in a Christian lifestyle.
“Why should Christians flaunt their freedom in matters of such grave consequence for the poor?” He writes,“It is hard to imagine a more direct application of Paul's admonition to the Corinthians: ‘Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak’ (1 Cor. 8:9).”
“Is marijuana a cultivated celebration of the created world, one that enhances and sharpens image bearing in all its dimensions? Or does it merely substitute for the consolations and comforts of life lived truly and honestly before God and other people? In our cultural context, the answer seems pretty clear, and the way to true freedom is clear as well.”

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