I remember one day somebody asked me, “Where in the bible does it say that smoking weed is a sin?” As I was about to show him one of the Ten Commandments that said, “Thou shall not smoke weed,” I remembered that the bible never gave that command. So to answer his question I said, “Nowhere in the bible does it say that a Christian cannot smoke weed directly, but the bible does say indirectly that smoking weed is a sin.” The following are the three biblical reasons that I gave him to why smoking weed is wrong and sinful. (This article is relevant for all other illegal drugs, not just weed alone)
#1: The bible says that we as Christians must obey our authorities (follow the laws of the land). Therefore if our government declares is to be illegal (wrong) to smoke weed, we as Christians should not break the law.
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. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” – Romans 13:1-2
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.” – 1 Peter 2:13-14
The bible makes it clear, in the book of Romans, that we as Christian should follow all rules and regulations that our government has established. So if the government commands us not to smoke the weed, why then should we as Christians break the laws by smoking weed and shaming the name of Christ? Paul, the writer of Romans, also makes it clear that not following our authorities shows in us a lack of respect for God and his laws. And this lack of respect results in judgment and punishment by God. So as Christian we should honor God by obeying, not disobeying, the laws of the authorities that he has put into place.
#2: Most people who smoke weed are obsessed with it and make it an idol (an object they give their lives to and worship other than God). Because the bible makes it clear that all idolatry is sinful and forbidden, we as Christians should not engage in that idolatry.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” -1 John 5:21
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” – 1 Corinthians 10:14
For most people weed is less of a recreational hobby and more of a craving obsession, which is why, even though it has many negative consequences (years in jail), millions of people still do it.This obsession is better known as idolatry, a worship of anything other than God. All throughout the bible we see how idolatry destroys the life of God’s people. As Christian we should not give our lives to anything that will control us, and weed controls the lives of those who did it. That is why most people are addicted to weed even though it doesn’t have the addicting THC agent of cigarettes. So as Christians we should flee from all idolatry, and not give our lives to smoking weed.
#3: The Bible says to do all things for the glory and honor of God. And it also says not to do anything that will hurt (confuse) the conscience of other Christians. So because Marijuana doesn’t glorify God and hurts the conscience of other people, we as Christians should not partake in it.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” - 1 Corinthians 10:31
All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” – 1 Corinthians 10:23-24
It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.” – Romans 12:21
Christians should be primarily concerned with the well-being of others and bringing glory to God in all that they do. Because weed is so highly rejected by our society and most cultures, Christians should not desire to engage in that action. Also, if a person was the neighborhood drug supplier and also calling people to repentance, it would cause many people to stumble in their understanding of God. So in order to preserve the glory of God, weed should be rejected by all of God’s people.
I hope this article has given clarity to many misconceptions about the usage of weed any other drugs. Don’t shame the gospel, don’t live in sin, so Christian don’t smoke weed.
Now that weed is on the process of being legal in certain states, many new challenges will arrive. Nevertheless the Bible still provides insight to this issue. Check out the latest article, “Should Christian smoke legal weed.”