Sunday Morning Word: A Poem About Weed

“Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Regard it as vile and utterly detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.”
Deuteronomy 7:26 (NIV)

Did you know that God is a jealous God and hates idol worship? He makes no secret of it. Verses condemning idolatry are found throughout the Bible. In fact, the first two of the ten commandments are about it: “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them” (Exodus 20: 3-4).

So what does idol worship have to do with smoking weed?

We often think of idols as man-made images of “divine” beings carved out from gold and silver. We think that idol worship is bowing down to those images, sacrificing burnt offerings to them, praying to them, offering one’s personal possessions to them.  This assumption is based on what we have read in the Old Testament. However, anything you put above God is considered an idol.

Even Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24). This verse isn’t only about money. Your “other master” could be anything. Replace the word “money” with car, boyfriend/girlfriend, television show, video game, weed, and this verse still carries the same meaning.

Marijuana is more than just a plant. Although God made it, we have found a way to abuse it for our own sinful nature. Marijuana may not kill you, but it is a gateway to other, more powerful drugs that will. You don’t just get the munchies and chill out when you’re high. People have done far worse things while under the influence of marijuana, like lie, commit robbery, commit assault, participate in sexual immorality, and other unlawful and sinful things. This isn’t of God, but of the devil. How can someone worship God and be connected to such a drug?

The Bible says to “flee from idolatry” (1 Corinthians 10:14). So I tell you now, flee from weed and any other thing that has taken your eyes off of God and his Kingdom.

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