“Who Says I Can’t Get Stoned?” is the title of a catchy song by John Mayer and it is a good question to ask today.
This used to be easy. Pot smoking was illegal in all 50 states. Christians are to obey law (Romans 13:1). Case closed!
But times are changing. Recreation use of marijuana is now legal in some states, has been decriminalized in several others, and even more states are approving medical use (a good thing in my opinion and perhaps one reason why God created the plant?).
All this normalization reinforces the thinking that it is really not that big of a deal – if it is so destructive to the human body and mind, why is it being legalized? “Who says I can’t get stoned? Me in my house alone, turn off the lights and the telephone, Who Says I Can’t Get Stoned?”, the song says. In other words, no one is harmed so whats the big deal?
So, who says I can’t get stoned?
First, if its illegal where you live it is wrong for you to do it. Again see Romans 13:1-5. You may not agree with the law but submitting to government doesn’t mean ‘if we agree with the law’. We are to submit even when we disagree as long as what is commanded doesn’t force us to disobey God.
But what about when all 50 states legalize the recreational use of marijuana? At some point we need to accept that “getting stoned” would still fall under the same category as drunkenness. Who says I can’t get drunk? God does.
The ultimate solution is that Christians should find peace, joy, and satisfaction in walking with God in all they do. “Don’t get your stimulus from wine (for there is always the danger of excessive drinking), but let the Spirit stimulate your souls. Express your joy in singing among yourselves psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making music in your hearts for the ears of God!” (Ephesians 5:18-19, Phillips NT Translation). Our hearts should desire something better than feelings and experiences stimulated by drugs and alcohol. We should trust God that His commands are for our good always and His joys are the greatest joys we can know!
What do you think? We would love to hear the thoughts of others.