As someone who was raised in the church and spent a lot of time studying Christianity, I am constantly bewildered by the number of idiots who somehow think that Christian morality is achieved through secular law.
Larry Tomczak with the Christian Post brings us 4 More Reasons to Reject Legalizing Marijuana
It’s an OpEd full of hypocrisy and random nonsense. Love the argument by anecdote:
Matthew Leahy was in the newspapers a short time ago where it stated he started smoking marijuana at 14, experienced a drop in grades and then eventually ended up in a mental hospital, where he hung himself. A more uplifting testimony is the one I heard personally of a ninth-grader who regularly smoked pot, which he said “really messed up [his] mind,” but he was grateful to God that he had been set free from the addiction that was ruining his life.
But this is the kicker. Check out this defense of alcohol and see if you can find the evidence for keeping marijuana illegal.
Many marijuana advocates will tell you that we already allow alcohol, so why shouldn’t we allow pot? Granted, beer and wine and adult beverages have been around for thousands of years, and unfortunately some people abuse them. Scripture speaks of moderation and obeying the governing authorities (Rom. 13:1-8) regarding laws. Adult beverages are a cultural reality, and it was foolishness when people tried to prohibit their usage because, in fact, the Bible doesn’t prohibit their responsible use.
Just because some people overindulge and do harm due to alcohol, that is not a valid reason to exacerbate the situation by adding dope to the mix! I’m sure you’ve heard the adage “Don’t point to bad behavior to justify more bad behavior.”
Here’s the deal:
- 33,000 Americans are killed yearly in traffic accidents, one-third because of drunk drivers. How many others are left impaired or paralyzed for life?
- 1.2 million drivers are arrested annually for drunken-driving. The highest number is among 21- to 25-year-olds.
- One in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of deaths for teens. Teenage alcoholic use kills over 4,700 every year.
- Drunk driving costs you and me $132 billion a year.
Be honest with yourself: In light of the above, do you want to compound these sobering statistics by making marijuana freely available?
A deterrent to drinking and driving is the alcohol aroma on one’s breath. That basically goes out the window when people think they can smoke a few joints outside, drive “high” down the highway and never dream of one day standing before a judge with a weeping father who lost the love of his life and three children via an intoxicated driver. Think about it, along with the prison term and lifetime of guilt that follows.
Ironically, the author obliviously ends the OpEd with a plea to consider the violence in Mexico!
(Also ironically, he claims that pot makes you stupid.)