“Should Christians Smoke Pot or Not?” By Mark Driscoll

Today, my home state of Washington legalizes the recreational use of marijuana. This decision, of course, leads to a host of pastoral questions and issues. I have been asked these questions for years, as Mars Hill Church has always reached out to a high (pun intended) percentage of single young guys living typical, irresponsible urban lives. These guys are generally not very theological, but curiously they tend to know at least two Bible verses:

Genesis 1:29 (NIV): “Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth.’”
Luke 6:37, the catch-all, in-case-of-guilty-emergency-break-glass verse, (paraphrased): “Thou shall not judge.”

Over the years, my default answer has been Romans 13:1–7, which basically says that believers must submit to the laws of government as long as there is no conflict with the higher laws of God in Scripture. This was a simple way to say “no” to recreational pot smoking. But now that recreational marijuana use is no longer illegal (according to my state laws, at least), the guiding question is now twofold:

Is using marijuana sinful, or is it wise?

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Brown SLA: Vigil 12pm Tuesday, Dec. 4

From Shelby:
First, I wanted to thank you for what AIA has done to support the Student Labor Alliance’s Adidas’ campaign.  Not only did many AIAers sign our petition, but also an AIA member allowed us to reach out to her team.  We so appreciate your support.
In light of the recent factory fire (Nov 24 and 25) in Bangladesh, in which over 100 workers were killed and many more were injured, BSLA is holding a vigil on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 12 pm on the Faunce steps.  The factory had previously been given a “high risk” rating by workplace safety auditors; fire exits at the factory had been locked and management told workers not to evacuate when the fire broke out.  Workers in Bangladesh have taken to the streets to demand accountability for those who allowed the fire to happen. As we try to keep the university accountable in the purchases it makes, this accident reminds us of the importance of maintaining a safe and dignified working environment for everyone.
SLA is asking faith communities to be a part of this vigil to help remember the lives of these workers and mourn the systems of injustice that we are all a part of.  We particularly are reaching out to you because we know that many of these workers were people of faith, and it is important that we honor and remember them as such.  Would AIA/Cru members be able to attend this vigil?  Thank you so much for considering this.