America is seeing the most open environment for drug use and legalization since the 60’s. Marijuana has already been legalized on a medical or even personal basis in many areas, and while prosecution by law is still prevalent for marijuana, the country is pushing more and more for legalization across the board.
And it’s not just pot.
The pharmaceutical industry has made uncountable drug addicts, and provides an easy way for people to get their hands on various uppers and downers. Though it is legal to use or own prescription medication, such laws don’t stop the drug trafficking that happens with them.
And finally, there are even places where heroin addicts can receive their drug for free in a controlled environment since it is deemed “safer.”
With so much drug activity and openness, it’s no wonder that more and more kids and young adults are using drugs. Even Christians today are questioning rather or not getting high is “ok.” Specifically, this tends to be an issue for smoking weed (I could be real technical and call it marijuana, but who talks like that?). So in this article I will address weed from a scriptural standpoint and I will address issue of getting high in general.
Getting High From A Biblical Standpoint
First of all, let’s address the obvious: Most ways of getting high are illegal.
Misusing medication or taking medication that is not yours is illegal. Smoking pot in most areas is illegal. Cocaine, heroin, meth, shrooms, all these are illegal; shoot, being in public and being high… is illegal. Driving while drunk or high… is illegal. We haven’t even touched the bible yet and it’s already seems like a bad idea.
But what does the bible actually say?
Well since we are on the issue of legality, note this, Romans 13:1 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” According to Romans, all authority is given by God, and therefore under His hand. So, if we reject legal authority, we reject God’s authority.
Now I already know what some of you are thinking, if there are laws that cause us to go against God’s commands, we are to reply as Peter did in Acts 5:29, “we must obey God rather than men,” but this is not one of those cases, so don’t get your hopes up.
If we are intentionally breaking the law to get high, we are sinning against God Himself and spit in His face for our own pleasure… sound harsh? Well it is, so think about it.
What If It Was Legal?
It’s not just about legality, after all, what if the whole world legalized marijuana along with every other drug, would it be ok then?
Eph. 5:18 says, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery [excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures], but be filled with the Spirit.” Though this verse, and many others, speak specifically about alcohol, the real issue is the definition of debauchery that I put in brackets.
God’s desire is for us to be present, sober, and filled with His Spirit, which He will give you if you surrender your life to Christ, but if we are filled with wine or other mind altering substances, we begin to be filled with our own desire and sensual pleasures.
Honestly, why else does someone get high if not for the sensual pleasure? The feeling of being stoned, or barred, or drunk. But it’s actually this that God tells us to avoid because it gets in the way of us having an intimate relationship with Him.
Getting high is really us trying to become more intimate with ourselves and the emotion or sensations within us, but in order to do so we basically kick God out (figuratively speaking). Look at these other verses to get a sense of God’s heart for us:
God doesn’t want us to be led astray:
Proverbs 20:1, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”
God wants us to be aware of and protected from the Devil:
1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
God wants us to be sober-minded and self-controlled:
1 Peter 4:7, “The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers”
God’s desire is for us to glorify Him in everything we do:
1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
God does not permit those who live sensual and selfish lifestyles into His Kingdom:
1 Corinthians 6:10, “Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Let’s face it. Getting high gets in the way of our ability to relate to God. Jesus’ desire for you is to have a full relationship with Him, one where He comes in and fills you, not with wine, or drugs, but with His Spirit.
However, when we are high, it puts a wall between Him and us… a wall we build, not one He builds. If we are not willing to surrender our high to receive His high, then we really are not surrendering ourselves at all. This is a rejection of Christ and we risk hearing those words, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matt. 7:23).
The Ultimate High
There is one high that God does desires for you however, the indwelling presence of Christ.
Drugs often are used to cover guilt, shame, pain, and regret. It can be an escape from reality, but God offers something better. Rather than covering those things, God comes to cure them. Jesus offers a new life, one with Him. If we are willing to repent and believe in the good news, the news that though we are sinners, though we are far from God, Jesus has made the way for us to come in; Jesus has saved us and wants to guide our lives.
When we surrender to that and ask Jesus to forgive us, when we trust Him and His way, He makes the promise that we will be born again and all things will become new! Yesterday is no more. Your sins are no more.
Yes, the bad things that happened still exist, but He redeems those things by His blood and you are no longer defined by them. Accept the forgiveness He offers today and allow Him to fill you with His Spirit.
The peace, the cleansing, and the joy that comes from being born into God’s Spirit is a high like no other… and it is forever.
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
If you would like have a life with Jesus and trade in your addictions for His freedom, then please pray right now,
“Jesus forgive me. I admit I’ve not been sober. I need your help to get clean and live for you. Please cleanse me of my addictions and replace my pain with joy. Give me new life in your name Jesus, amen.”
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