Article  Human Dignity  Health  Substance Abuse

Fact Sheet: Effects of marijuana

religious liberty

According to the latest statistics, marijuana use is on the rise in America. While this is very disturbing, it should not come as a surprise. Governments, from the federal to the local level, have begun to accept the use of marijuana. Numerous states have legalized its use for medicinal purposes. Some have even legalized the use and sale of small amounts for recreational purposes. This relaxed attitude toward marijuana by civil authorities was certain to lead to its increased use.

Christians, especially, should not succumb to the growing popularity of this drug or to its supposed benefits. Scripture tells us that, in Christ, our bodies are “temples of the Holy Spirit.” As such, we are called to glorify God with our bodies (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Consequently, there is no place in the Christian life for the recreational use of marijuana. Even its limited value as a potential medicine has not yet been adequately studied. Marijuana is destructive across the entire scope of human experience. Whether one considers its effects on work, relationships, spiritual vitality, physical and mental wellbeing, or any other measure, marijuana is a debilitating and dangerous substance. 

It has been said that facts are stubborn things. This is true for the facts about marijuana as well. Those considering its use should be fully aware of what they are getting themselves involved in. For those concerned about their health and their responsibility to glorify God with their bodies, the following facts should offer reason enough to stay away from this dangerous drug.

Download the full fact sheet here

religious liberty


Related Content

second chance month

ERLC Supports the Eliminating a Quantifiably Unjust Application of the Law Act

Southern Baptists believe that all men and women are created in the image of...

Read More

The ERLC Opposes Marijuana Expansion

Southern Baptists affirm that all of government is ordained by God and should be...

Read More

What’s in the 2024 Public Policy Agenda?

Public policy advocacy is one of the primary ways that the ERLC fulfills its...

Read More

ERLC 2023 State Policy Review

Across the nation state legislative sessions are underway. Though we typically think of Washington,...

Read More
persecuted church

How to pray for ​​the persecuted church

November 6 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. On this...

Read More

Seeking the welfare of the city

An interview about why Christians should be active in the public square

Recent trends in American politics tempt Christians to two extremes: withdraw completely from the...

Read More