Is Smoking Weed a Sin? Common User Excuses Answered
by Ashley Chambers
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30 U.S. states and the District of Columbia currently have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. Oh, how times have changed.
Before I became a Christian, I was a pot head. It was my idol. Christian Boot Camp defines Idolatry as, “Making anything priority over God.”
Please understand that I’m not hating on weed smokers. I’m not a self-righteous person who has never cursed, lived in fornication, or never smoked weed. In fact, I’ve done all of those things in my past…A LOT. So, I understand the mentality of the weed smoker, because I used to be one.
In an era when far too many believers are free-thinkers and refuse to believe that the bible is both truth and God’s word, twisting the truth to justify the pleasures of our sin preferences has become the norm.
If you smoke weed, whether you want to hear it or not, it’s unhealthy. It damages your lungs. It has both long-term and short-term effects on the human brain. It increased my anxiety (fear, which is an actual demonic spirit). And even though users will try to deny it, weed is addicting. If you think it isn’t, tell that to the 23.4 million users in the U.S. who are regular users and are responsible for 17% of all drug treatment admissions (rehab) and ranks first among the type of user admitted.
I used to always make excuses about smoking weed as satan was deceiving me, but God convicted me and I couldn’t lie to myself anymore. If you’re using, stop making excuses. Your excuses sound ridiculous to sane people, because you’re using a mind-altering drug to rationalize and justify using. I’ve heard (and used to use) all of the excuses:
1. The “It’s Just Weed…It’s Not Hurting Anyone” Excuse.
If by “it’s not hurting anyone” you mean you’re not physically hurting someone as a result of smoking weed, then sure dude, I guess you’re right. But if you think that you’re not hurting the non-users who live with you or who are close to you, think again. In fact, just ask them these questions (that is, unless you prefer living in denial):
- “Has my pot use negatively affected my finances or my family’s finances?”
- “Do I have ‘brain fog’ when I’m high—and does that affect you negatively?”
- “Are my problem-solving abilities impaired or lessened when I’m high?
- “Am I more self-centered when I use?”
- “Do you feel that our quality time is affected when I use?”
- “Would our relationship be better if I didn’t use?”
You may be saying to yourself, “I’m not going to ask them these questions because I know how they’ll answer…they’ll definitely say that my weed-smoking negatively affects them.” So, if you believe this is how they’ll respond, ask yourself this: “Is my weed use more important than their happiness?”
2. The “But It’s Legal in My State” Excuse.
So now you’re a law-abiding citizen, are you? You want to obey the law, do you? Good. That means obeying both State and Federal laws. According to the White House:
“It is important to recognize that State marijuana laws do not change the fact that USING MARIJUANA CONTINUES TO BE AN OFFENSE UNDER FEDERAL LAW.”
So, any dope smoker using the “It’s legal” defense should definitely face reality: that it’s NOT legal by ALL laws.
Marijuana legislation was instituted as a treatment SUPPLEMENT for specific diseases. So, if you’re using the, “It’s okay to smoke weed in my State for medical purposes” defense, then what exactly is your ailment? HIV? Glaucoma? Seizures? Neuropathy? Parkinson’s Disease? Or is your need to use pot so great that you’re using only part of one law to justify your actions? Potheads are notorious for being skilled justifiers.
“All of you must yield to the government rulers. No one rules unless God has given him the power to rule, and no one rules now without that power from God. So those who are against the government are really against what God has commanded. And they will bring punishment on themselves. Those who do right do not have to fear the rulers; only those who do wrong fear them. Do you want to be unafraid of the rulers? Then do what is right, and they will praise you. The ruler is God’s servant to help you. But if you do wrong, then be afraid. He has the power to punish; he is God’s servant to punish those who do wrong.” -Romans 13:1-4
“For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority–whether the king, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.” -1 Peter 2:13-14
3. The “God Made Weed and Other Plants for Us to Enjoy” Excuse.
Nice try, dude. He also made the tree of knowledge—but it brought death! And He made poison ivy and cactus—do you smoke those, too?! Most weed smokers often misquote the bible in order to justify their behavior. But if they actually knew the bible, they would quote it right:
“God also said, ‘Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you, for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth—everything having the breath of life in it. I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so.” -Genesis 1:29-30
God gave us green plants FOR FOOD—not for smoking, not to be put in a bong or a blunt, not to enhance the “flavor” of brownies—but for food!
4. The “Everybody Does It” Excuse.
Umm…no. Everybody doesn’t do it. Perhaps “everybody” in your world does, but everybody does not use weed. The funny thing is, I’ve counseled people for pornography addictions, gambling addictions, and alcohol addictions, and they all say, “Everybody does it” too. But what they all fail to realize is that, in their small world of people they associate with, everybody does do it; but there’s a bigger world outside of their bubble.
Sure, much of the world promotes it. But it’s a big red flag when the world promotes it; just like the world promotes cheating on your taxes and sexual promiscuity, which is why the bible says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” -Romans 12:2
“Do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So, whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy.” -James 4:4
5. The “It's Not That Expensive” Excuse.
Have you ever thought about how much money you spend on weed every year, and what you could buy with that money? Sure you have. But then you smoked some weed and forgot about it…again. Who are you kidding? If you’re buying pot, you’re not using your money wisely…plain and simple.
Did you ever read Jesus’ story of the parable of the talents? Do you know what happened to the servant who didn’t use his master’s money wisely? Jesus said, “Then his master ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” -Matthew 25:28-30
“You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” -James 4:3
6. The “I Just Do It to Take the Edge Off…It’s Not That Important to Me” Excuse.
“I need it to relax.” “I need it to help my stress.” “I need it to sleep.” No, my friend. All you need is God. He is enough. God doesn’t want us to have to rely on pot. He wants us to rely on Him for every single one of our needs.
If you’re using pot to take your mind off of personal issues that you just don’t want to deal with, this is, without question, idolatry. Why? Because you’re letting something else temporarily help and take the place of what God wants to do for you permanently. So, you couldn’t make your tithe on your last check, but you were able to reload your stash? God sees what you prioritize and He is a jealous God. Whatever you spend your money on, you value and esteem.
Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Matthew 6:21
God said, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” -Exodus 20:3
“Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” -1 Corinthians 10:14
7. The “I Can Quit Anytime I Want, Because Weed Has No Control Over Me” Excuse.
Oh, really? Then quit. Ohhhh….so now you’re saying that you can quit; you just don’t want to quit. My friend, it’s time that you get out of denial and face reality. What you affectionately refer to as “recreational,” those around you likely call an “addiction.” But if you’re not sure about the seriousness of your pot use (and you’re not afraid to find out), www.HaveIGotAProblem.com might just be worth checking out.
Make no mistake: Drug use is forbidden by God. The word Sorcery translated from Greek is Pharmakeia, which means, “drug use.” So, like it or not, drug use—including smoking pot—is sorcery:
“Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance as I told you before that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” —Galatians 5:19-21
With marijuana, you’re giving up control to an external force and relinquishing your self-control to the enemy of your soul. In other words, the enemy is now in control of your emotions. He’s the puppeteer; you’re the puppet. And when the enemy is given control of your emotions, it affects what you think, what you say, how your time is spent, and what you do (and refuse to do).
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in words or actions, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” You can’t smoke weed to the glory of God, or in His name, because you’re simultaneously allowing evil spirits entry.
The bible warns against intoxication and altering your mind. You might say that intoxication only refers to alcohol, but again, nice try, dude. Be honest: you know that you can be intoxicated by weed. And while you’re being honest, be honest about this: The purpose of smoking weed is to alter your mind. You smoke pot for the purpose of getting high.
So, if after reading this, you still believe smoking pot is in your best interest, let’s face it, you’re just not being honest with yourself. Do you use more days than not? If so, get real and admit to yourself that you have a problem and need help. And saying to yourself, “I don’t need help…I can do it myself,” means you’re probably in denial about your addiction. And yes, this falls under addiction. Whether you’re male or female, rich or poor, tall or short, smoking weed doesn’t discriminate in its victims. Cast your cares on God, trust Him, and watch Him come through for you! And He will…because he cares for you and loves you…much more than pot does!