We like to put things in boxes. We like tidy answers. Will you go to hell for smoking weed? No. Should you smoke weed? No. Many parents are going to have to start figuring out what they believe about marijuana. Most states that have legalized it have set the legal age at 21 which is wise.
Here is why I think legalizing marijuana is a bad idea.
- Wider use and acceptance. The legal age is 21 but so is alcohol and go to any High School party, college campus alcohol is everywhere. Is weed in these places now? Yes. But legalization will make it far worse believe me.
- People typically smoke it to get high to alter conscience
- I believe that the “drunk with alcohol” scriptures apply to “getting high on drugs”
There are some arguments I have heard that make smoking marijuana legal that make some sense mostly in the area of helping those who are sick with cancer. With arguments taken into consideration I think the legalization of pot is a bad idea.
So will I go to hell for smoking marijuana? I would say no. Smoking weed does not send people to hell. People go to hell when they fail to put their hope and trust in Christ alone to save them from their sins. WHY people smoke weed very well may send them to hell. When we turn to something to numb the pain that only Christ can alleviate in our lives that thing we turn to is our functional savior. What you turn to when life gets hard identifies the idols in your life that you trust more than you should. What you turn to help you when your idols let you down reveals who your lord and savior actually are.
So weed doesn’t send you to hell trusting in someone or something other than Christ to save you sends you to hell. Marijuana and alcohol, can both be used to alter your state of mind. No matter what you think about the drinking of alcohol the bible is very clear on it’s call of drunkenness a sin. I think getting high would fall into this same prohibition.
I will tell my kids that the reason we don’t smoke weed isn’t simply because we are Christians. We are Christians because we find Jesus to be far more beautiful and more precious than anything that we could have, own posses or experience. He is our joy He is our life He is everything to us.
*[clarification] I am not sure I was clear as I hoped to be. I believe marijuana is bad for kids, should be illegal. In my post I was trying to get parents to think about their argument against weed when the argument that it is a banned substance is no longer available to us. I think many kids start smoking it because see it as harmless and Jesus never said “Thou shalt not smoke weed” He was quite clear in his word about the altering of our minds and turning to any substance to create comfort in a way that only Christ can.