A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-5-18
What’s Happening: “Although the state of California (and Maine and Massachusetts later this year) have just three days ago approved marijuana for recreational use (joining 6 other states), the DOJ rescinded five memos of Barack Obama that loosened federal enforcement of the illegal substance. Twenty-eight states have already approved medical marijuana (https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-recreational-marijuana-sales-begin-slideshow-wp-203454790.html). What effect will this have on insurance claims, court proceedings, arrests for drug sales or possession, harder drug addiction, etc., all remains to be seen. ”
Knee-jerk Response: “I didn’t inhale.”
Biblical Response: “Riigghhtt! Neither did Bill Clinton…or so he says. There are some folks that find the whole marijuana issue ‘high-ly objectionable’ (pun intended). Where will our culture land on this issue? If recent trends are any indication, there will be a doorway for recreational use by the approval of medical use. I look for nationwide recreational use (and federal approval) by mid-century…incrementalism.
“Christians? As far as behavior is concerned, alcohol can be just as injurious (Eph. 5:18). We are not to be enslaved to anything, but Christ (1 Cor. 6:12; 7:22-23). Besides, what does the legalization of anything have to do with Christians? We have the Word of God to live by, and in the Judgment, that is what standard will be ussd, not the U.S. Code. Thank God for Jesus’ sacrifice!”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to measure ourselves by Christ, not our culture; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent
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