The Bible condemns anything that would cause us to be less than “alert and self-controlled” (1 Thess. 5:6), and that would include marijuana. The use of marijuana is fast becoming a cultural norm. Some states in the United States have legalized its use for medicinal and recreational purposes, and many other states are pushing hard to make it legal because of the monetary value it brings to their local governments through taxation. It’s important as Christians that we don’t accept cultural norms as approval for our behaviors.
While you won’t find the word “marijuana” in the Bible itself, you will find scriptures that say we are to always be cognizant and alert to the dark spiritual forces around us. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph 6:12 NIV). Although pop culture calls it “getting high,” we are actually lowering our ability to see the spiritual battle that rages daily in the world we live in.
The Bible encourages us to always be sober and alert so that we are not devoured by our enemy, the Devil. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8 ESV). If someone is in a drug-induced high, they are not sober-minded, which can lead to ungodly behaviors and poor decision-making. Jesus Christ came so that “we might have life” (John 10:10). This life is not just everlasting life, but quality of life, one of being sober and alert to the evil that is trying to keep us from being disciples for our Lord, Jesus Christ.
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