Is it okay for Christians to smoke marijuana?

Jeremy Connor

The Bible may not reference marijuana directly but we can clearly see what God’s attitude is towards such substances by reading His Word.

While marijuana may not have any of the violent or dangerous effects that other drugs are known for, it is still a substance that takes you away from a clear state of mind. The Bible clearly exhorts us not to become drunk with wine (Ephesians 5:18) and this commandment extends to losing ourselves in other substances as well.

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” 1 Corinthians 6:12. This is a clear exhortation that, while some things may not be expressly forbidden, a disciple needs to avoid everything that would gain power over him or her. Any substance that takes you away from a state of absolute clarity and sobriety does have power of you, even if it is not something you ever become addicted to.

Be sober

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful.

We can read in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

Satan is constantly trying to trick people into sinning. Or at the very least to keep them from fulfilling God’s will on earth. It is a constant battle not to fall into sin and come out of God’s service. If we are not careful it can be incredibly easy to let down our guard and start doing Satan’s will with our lives.

This is why it is so important to keep ourselves sober and vigilant. The Bible doesn’t just mean “sober enough to get through my day,” but the implication in these verses is to be as sober and as vigilant as possible. If we are to resist Satan in faith we need to be in our proper state of mind.

The war that we fight for God is more than a matter of life and death, and the attitude we take to prepare ourselves for the battle needs to be that much more serious.

What do we want?

In the end the choices we make will all come down to what we want most in our lives. If our goal is to serve God with all our hearts and all our minds then we will not be hanging around the edges of sin wondering how much we can get away with before God says, “Stop!”

When we live to serve God then we are constantly striving to glorify Him in our body and our spirit.

If our goal is to please Him then we will do absolutely everything we can to make that happen. We will do absolutely everything we can to make sure we are sober and vigilant so that when the devil comes knocking we are ready to resist him, and to crush him under our feet.

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20.

When we live to serve God then we are constantly striving to glorify Him in our body and our spirit. Our calling as true Christians is to serve Him as Jesus commanded us: “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38.

How can such a life ever be possible if we  willingly take ourselves out of a clear state of mind and into a modified reality?

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