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Summary: What's really behind the movement in America to legalize marijuana? Why do we want to sanction people being put into bondage to a substance and in a broader sense sin? This is very troubling as Christians seem to be having a hard time standing against sin

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A couple of weeks ago I preached a message on the Christian views on legalizing marijuana in America. If you’ll recall, I wasn’t very supportive of the idea. The notion that we can legalize sin and somehow make state sanctioning of sin a good thing despite the fact that legalizing marijuana will simply encourage more drug abuse.

You may also recall that the message wasn't just about the Christian views changing towards the legalization of marijuana but I was really talking about the underlying sin issues related to marijuana abuse. And how the pro legalization crowd pushes for medical marijuana use and then uses that to work towards the legalization of recreational use of marijuana.

But the problem goes much deeper than just whether people should be able to smoke pot if they want to. The deeper issue is that we as Christians are supposed to know better. We should know that God wants and expects better from us, His children. God knows that nothing good can or will ever come from marijuana abuse or drug abuse in general.

The enemy on the other hand is glad that we as Christians are split on the issue of marijuana legalization. He is excited about the fact that many Christians now hold the opinion that state sanctioned misery, sin and bondage is a good idea. He is glad that many Christians are turning away from sound biblical doctrine and are being misled by the world’s opinions on this subject.

And I don’t know about you but whenever satan is happy, I’m not.

Satan loves for people to be in bondage, in bondage to sin, in bondage to ungodly things, in bondage to worldly thinking. But what is bondage? What does this word really mean to people and especially to those of us who are Christians? Bondage means to be enslaved by something or someone, it means that your freedoms have been taken or given away. Simply put it means that you are no longer in control of yourself.

Who here wants to be in bondage to anything in this world? There are multitudes of things that people can find themselves in bondage to. Things like cigarettes, drugs, food, alcohol, gambling, clothes, shopping, etc. you get the idea.

There are basically two types of people when it comes to being in bondage to something. Those who know that they’re in bondage to something and want to get out and those who don’t yet realize that they’re in bondage and don’t know that they need to get out of it.

The latter of these two are the ones who generally want to legalize marijuana because they don’t even know that they’re in bondage to it. And yet they will willingly try to tell other people that “hey, come on into bondage, it’s a great place to live!” Living in bondage to anything in this world is never a good place to live.

In fact, Jesus came and died on the cross to do what for all people? Set them free from the bondage of sin. In Galatians chapter 5 verse 1 we read this: It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.


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