In this age, we live at a time when the laws that govern our country are not exactly a guide for morality and wise choices.
One such case is the recent controversy on the continued legalization of marijuana in various states. The legalization of recreational marijuana in California triggered the establishment of many pot shops as well as an ensuing tug of war between the state and the federal government. Marijuana remains illegal, according to the federal government. The FDA still refrains from embracing the substance for medicinal use, while under the CSA (Controlled Substance Act) cannabis is still a Schedule 1 drug, which makes it a drug like heroin that can easily be abused.
Recreational marijuana is legal in 11 states, which include California, Alaska, Washington D.C., Oregon, Nevada, Massachusetts and others. About 64 percent of Americans believe that marijuana should be legalized even the Democrats who are up against President Trump feel that recreational marijuana should be federally legalized. This issue explains why the laws that govern our society and the benefits are not synonymous.
Therefore, as our society edges away from accountability and health, and towards personal freedom, monetary gains, and gaining political mileage, we need to think correctly.
These developments bring the following scripture to mind:
“The Word teaches us to be alert and sober” (1 Peter 5:8). This means that the fact we do something it does not mean it is necessarily important. The other part of scripture that perfectly relates to this story is 1 Corinthians 10:23, which says that “all things are lawful, but not all things are beneficial.”
Moreover, the word of God in 1 Corinthians urges us to handle our bodies with care because:
- Jesus paid a steep price for the sake of our bodies (6:19-20)
- Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, therefore, sacred (3:16-17)
Explaining these dynamics of law not being necessarily right could be a daunting task, especially to our kids. However, we must teach them:
- To differentiate between wise things and unwise ones.
- To develop counter-cultural thinking and lead their peers in the same direction.
- To be a living example of Jesus’ teachings that Christians are the “light of the world” (Mathew 5:14-16).
We have to be paragons of virtue, morality, and- of course – Christianity, as our culture occasionally brings with its darkness.