This morning, on the day marijuana prohibition ended in Washington State, Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll published a free e-book titled Puff or Pass: Should Christians Smoke Pot or Not? Driscoll has made a name for himself by luring in a hip urban congregation, and then convincing them to adhere to his strict conservative agenda; this is the guy who thinks that Satan wrote the Twilight books, after all. If you'd like to read Driscoll's introduction for the book, you can find it on Mars Hill's Resurgence blog, and if you'd like to download the whole 38-page book (be advised that the font is HUGE), you can find the PDF here. Driscoll first admits that he's never smoked pot, but he notes that just because something is legal doesn't mean it's godly:
Some things are neither illegal (forbidden by government in laws) nor sinful (forbidden by God in Scripture), but they are unwise. For example, eating a cereal box instead of the food it contains is not illegal or sinful—it’s just foolish.
In fact, he blames marijuana as a factor behind a trend of hapless man-children that he sees as contributing to the rot of society: "what also concerns me is the fact that young men are the most likely to smoke weed and, by seemingly all measurable variables, are immature, irresponsible, and getting worse." He takes a brief detour from the pot talk to launch a tirade about how men aren't even responsible enough to own their own cars anymore:
A recent article even noted that young men are now less likely than ever to own a car, as taking public transportation allows them to use their smartphone more hours every day playing video games and downloading porn.
Will the high numbers of men downloading porn on the bus increase with the proliferation of legalized weed? Seems likely! Driscoll warns us that "while the Bible does speak of alcohol, it never mentions marijuana," which makes it ethically tricky. He examines multiple viewpoints of the marijuana issue, including medical marijuana. "Some believe that Christians should exercise caution and wisdom regarding medicinal use," Driscoll says, "simply because of marijuana’s reputation and the connotations it implies." (Heaven forbid those cancer patients get a bad reputation.) Finally, Driscoll reaches the most unsurprising conclusion ever:
I would advocate that the soundest Christian response to the legal question is Option C: that recreational use should be illegal but that medicinal use may be allowed. Based upon Christian convictions, I do not support the legalization of recreational marijuana use. Regarding medicinal use, while I have studied this issue, the truth is that I am not a medical doctor and therefore do not feel comfortable debating the potential medicinal benefits of marijuana. I’ll leave that aspect of the conversation to others more qualified.
That's an iffy endorsement of medical marijuana—it "may be permissible," Driscoll repeats later—but it sounds like Jesus hates the demon weed. Hope you Christians enjoyed your few hours of guilt-free pot use, because God has spoken through His special tool, Mark Driscoll.