It seems (to me) inevitable that eventually all states will legalize marijuana. Despite the consequences of legalizing weed, it is the American way (it seems) to legalize that which we cannot control, and marijuana is in that category. Too many Americans are for it.
But should Christians therefore support its legalization, or merely surrender to the idea that the battle cannot be won?
Comments include how we should address this as a church. Our church constitution, for example, reads, “We embrace the conviction that illegal chemical use and drunkenness are sinful behaviors. We also hold that marijuana use (except for medical reasons) violates the principle of being controlled by a substance rather than the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).”
So please opine. We may find some surprises in the process, for a number of Christians believe that marijuana use is no worse than moderate drinking (I am not among them).
BTW, we are talking strictly about the recreational use of marijuana. Hemp makes good paper, and medical mariujana is a different issue, although you may comment on any of these.
Also BTW, in the comments below, when I use the term “legalistic,” I am not using it in a proper theological way (salvation by works), but in a common Christian way, meaning adding rules that are stricter than or not implied by the Bible.
Should Christians stop fighting the legalization of marijuana (for recreational use)?
We must put effort into resisting the effort to legalize marijuana or make it illegal if its recreational use is legal. Votes: 1
We should take a stand against it on a church-wide basis, legal or not, even if others call us legalistic. Votes: 12
It is in society’s best interest to make marijuana legal, and we should not become legalistic about it. Votes: 0
My choice lies somewhere between the two choices immediately above. Votes: 3
We have bigger fish to fry and the entire issue does not matter at all Votes: 1
Other Votes: 4