What Would Jesus Do About Medical Marijuana
July 24, 2006
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I was born into a Pentecostal Christian family. Mind you it was dysfunctional and broken, but we were attached by adoption to a family of ministers. Both my adopted Grandfather and Grandmother were ministers and missionaries.
Thus I spent a lot of time in church and with Christian minded individuals. I have always enjoyed the idea of Christ. Even though I am no longer a member of any organized religion I still like the Christ figure.
In the New Testament he is constantly going against the grain of policy both in the church and in the government. His company was never regarded of highly, these men who believed in the new religion as it was forming.
Jesus was kind, enjoyed wine, song, and the companionship of his fellows. Whether or not he performed the many miracles on the disabled it is told he did, he was always the patron saint of the downtrodden, the misfit, the diseased, and the sinner.
The problem was, I rarely saw any true mercy or kindness for the church. While Jesus would invite anyone who would listen to his table for a meal, my family was better than 99% of humanity and was convinced that associating with them was a mortal sin of the world.
After doing some research on where the “Christian Right” exists on the matter of Marijuana Prohibition today I was happily surprised.
The United Methodist Board of Church and Society, the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Union for Reform Judaism, the United Church of Christ, and the Progressive National Baptist Convention has all come out in favor of Marijuana as a medicine.
If Jesus was to come to earth today he would (by historical reference) not hang out with the choir, but instead would probably kick it with some stoners and drunks, telling them that he loves them and there is a place in heaven even for them.
If a woman was suffering from breast cancer and the only thing that allowed her to eat and keep a healthy weight while on chemotherapy was cannabis I doubt Jesus would condemn her. I doubt he would look down on her marijuana use.
So thank you to all the Christians who have not forgotten the true message of Jesus, love thyself, love thy neighbor, love me. Sounds like a hippie to me, watch out Jesus, Bush might have you arrested.