On October 17, marijuana use became legal across all of Canada. On November 6, Michigan voted to join them (as well as Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Alaska) in legalizing pot. What does this mean for your church?
For several years now, there has been an increase in public debate around the use of marijuana as talks of legalization were proposed across North America.
But what does legalizing the recreational use of marijuana mean for Christians? Even more concretely, what impacts will this have on your congregation?
Denominations across the continent have been struggling to comprehend how marijuana use should be approached from a biblical and theological perspective. Most do not have a direct response to this question yet but instead encourage Christians to consider whether marijuana use will benefit those around them or cause harm—and what it means in how we represent the image of God.
How does your church plan to address legalized marijuana? What if members of your congregation begin attending under the influence, how will you respond? Will members be able to smoke pot after the service if smoking cigarettes is allowed? If someone uses marijuana for medicinal reasons will they feel stigmatized by others in your congregation?