Posted by Sumair Mirza in Reflections

Put this in your pipe and smoke it! Dopey argumentation and sad consequences.

Does this image bother you? It should because it is true. It is an iconic representation of reality as people hijack logic, reason, scripture, and Jesus himself to be mere agents of “weed propaganda” – Be offended, stand up, and love others with the truth!

Smoking weed is good for you! It’s natural God made it, so nothing is wrong with it! Smoking tobacco is more harmful than weed so what is the big deal? The bible doesn’t say anything about how you can’t smoke weed! The bible says that you can smoke weed and Jesus did it!

These are the “logic” clamorings of the weed activist.

Unfortunately, and perhaps more significantly and saddening is the fact that these statements are the hallmark of the self-fulfilling rationale weed users/advocates use as justification today – discarding the true Justifier (Romans 3:26). I have met several people who I care for with all my heart that struggle with this idolatry (Exodus 20:3). That’s right, it isn’t just an addiction but it is an idol! To partake in a “recreational activity” and expend copious amounts of effort to fight for, defend, and strain to put together loose logic and inaccurate reasoning is quite sad. One must question the origin of such misplaced zeal and realize that this zeal serves as an outward sign of the enslavement and mastery marijuana has on many of its users. I have seen people change. I have seen personalities morph, split and oscillate between kind, gentle and true to agitated, frustrated, angry, and zealous for a cause at best not worth fighting for and at worst a fight for a morally bankrupt enterprise known as legalizing/using marijuana.

I have spent many hours reading medical journals, researching the biblical arguments, and understanding the psycho-chemical impact on the body both positive and negative. All this not because I think the argument for smoking weed is truly worth a puff of effort but only because my heart breaks for those who are suffering from that which they are defending. Satan has truly duped us when he has us fighting for mass adoption of sin (e.g. homosexuality, abortion, etc.).

Pardon me as I will not be getting into the weeds of this debate (pun intended) for the time being by exploring the flaws of the arguments as that will come later but I write this as my heart was burdened to share my thoughts with you after watching the below video – please honestly listen and reflect.

Key considerations for this “debate” to be understood as cumulative not discrete:

1) Idolatry: Its role as replacing God and becoming that which we worship (Romans 1:25)

2) Addictive: The nature of marijuana as an addictive agent (Romans 6:6–7)

3) Mind-altering: How it changes our mind and affects our thought process. (Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:18)

4) Illegal: It is illegal (for now and in most places) (Romans 13:1-2)

5) False: There is no solid academic evidence nor scriptural basis to justify biblical support of marijuana. (Entire Bible)

6) Perverting Truth and God’s creation: Just because God “made it” doesn’t mean it is meant to be smoked or abused in that way. (e.g. God made poison ivy – you wouldn’t rub it on your body, God made poisonous mushrooms – you wouldn’t eat them, God made the sexual mechanism and familial structure that beget children – you can’t just do whatever you want with them, God made our sexual organs – and it doesn’t mean you can simply experience it as you desire (homosexuality, fornication, adultery, pedophilia))

Some helpful verses:

  • “as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.” – 2 Peter 3:16
  • “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8
  • “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” – Proverbs 14:12

Some helpful articles:

This is me sharing about what is running through my mind…

  • Laura Lee

    I don’t smoke marijuana. But, imagine the Government told you that you cannot eat French fries. Cuz, they’re not “good for you”. What about drinking pop?? What about eating chocolate?? What about Milkshakes, pie, vitamins, raw milk, etc., etc., etc.

    It’s not just about the “substance” – it’s about the matter of the Government reaching outside of it’s boundaries to make personal choices for people and creating a legalistic society, bizarre self-righteousness in statism, and a police state.

    Communism. It might be “communism you can agree with” regarding someone else’s decision you think it prudent to control and legislate and imprison over — but it’s still communism.

    Food can be an idol to us all. If we engage in gluttony, food is an idol. But that doesn’t mean that all eating is idolatry.

    I have believe the Bible teaches us to mind our own business, not meddle in the lives of others, not be legalists, and not try to control our neighbors through Ceasar who replaces God as communism.

    If people are not causing harm in violence or theft to others – their choices are their own. That doesn’t mean we will always agree with their choices. That doesn’t mean, necessarily, that God will agree with their choices. But, it does mean that we are not playing God and we are not standing by agreeing as the Government plays God.

    It means we respect God and our fellow man and know how to be the church rather than the communist State.

    I may not smoke marijuana, but, I know it’s my role to pray for those who do, minister to them, not become a legalist, not become a communist, and not consent to their imprisonment for a relatively harmless activity that is no one’s business but their own.

    And, on this one, I agree with Pat Robertson. 😉

    Perhaps someday, we’ll agree.

    God never called me to be the Nanny State.

    God bless.

  • Laura,

    Again, thanks for engaging in my site with your commentary however I have to disagree with your stance again. You make several statements I would like to briefly address:

    1) I would encourage you to evaluate the points made above and review the video and read about the topic of marijuana more as it seems you haven’t read the post or addressed its points.

    2) “cannot eat French fries. Cuz, they’re not “good for you”. What about drinking pop?? What about eating chocolate?? ” – You compare marijuana to “french fries” and “chocolate”. Again, these things can be a sin as the lady says in the video but also note the severity of the harm to the mind and body both of marijuana.

    3) “Government reaching outside” – You mention government overstepping its bounds. Romans 13:1-7 may be a helpful read. Please note it wasn’t a democracy and they put Jesus to death. Again, their views cannot contradict God but we should be clear not to simply dismiss government and understand the authority God grants it.

    4) “communism [I] agree with” – it really doesn’t matter what “I” think but it is about what God states as true and correct. Again, I suggest reviewing all the points in the post and reading more about this issue. It isn’t about throwing political agendas into the mix. It is people’s lives, health, and sin.

    5) “I have believe the Bible teaches us to mind our own business, not meddle in the lives of others” – I am not sure where this is taught in the Bible. We are to judge others as we are judged (Matthew 7:1-2), we are to be peacemakers in this world (Matthew 5:9). There are countless verses about caring for others, helping others. There is the basic premise of loving others and it not being about just being “nice” and a fake love that is all permissive. If one truly cares about someone they will stop them from harming themselves. If this was your son or daughter, I am sure you would be concerned. Furthermore, government serves as the role to protect individuals and society so if people don’t do it in community the governmental infrastructure is intended for this as well.

    6) “But, it does mean that we are not playing God and we are not standing by agreeing as the Government plays God.” – again see reference to truth being declared and the government’s role.

    7) “relatively harmless activity that is no one’s business but their own.” – Sin is never harmless. Sin is death (Romans 6:23), we must understand the wages of sin and the effect on people’s lives. Idolatry is a serious offence as well (Exodus 20:5). The destruction of the human body is serious as well (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The devistating effect it can have on people’s minds is severe (Galatians 5:21). All of these don’t just seem extremely harmful to me in isolation but how much more dire are the consequences when we view them in aggregate.

    Again, I implore you to pause and reflect on God’s Word and love people as God intends – Love in truth and spirit. We must not be focused on ourselves or our agenda. I love people who have been changed by this idol and yes anything can be an idol but there are broad and severe consequences of this. Most importantly, it is sin and we must stand up for the truth in love – after all we are His ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20).

    May I have spoken this in Truth with Love,
    – Sumair