Back in the 1990s many US Christians adopted the phrase “What would Jesus do?” (often abbreviated WWJD) to guide them in their daily lives. Since then the phrase has evolved in many spin-offs like “What would Jesus Drive?” and “Where would Jesus shop?” The list goes on and on.
Recently, legislators in Illinois have been asking the question “What would Jesus smoke?” Now some would argue that Jesus wouldn’t have smoked due to the various health concerns. But if you’re Rev. D. Jay Johnson of the Union Avenue Christian Church, you might disagree. The good Rev believes that Jesus would be smoking a big fat blunt, but there is a little catch. Complete story here.
In order to enjoy one of nature’s finest creations, you have to have a debilitating medical condition such as cancer or multiple sclerosis. Indeed that’s a harsh price to enjoy some bud legally. Proponents of course stand by the use of medical marijuana because it is proven to ease the pain associated with these diseases. But the government and other opponents are not so easily convinced as they feel it’s a step towards legalizing it for general use.
The Rev DJ Johnson and various other clergymen see the issue from a different perspective… one that I happen to agree with. They feel that this is an issue of compassion for the sick. Pastor Robert C. Morwell of United Methodist Church in Quincy summed it up best:
“I think it’s a little silly to say we can prescribe morphine â€¦ and other drugs that are more addictive, but not marijuana.”
12 states have already approved medicinal marijuana and it has improved the life of many terminally ill patients with little or no harm to society. The problem is the stigma that marijuana has. Many people, especially politicians and mothers, see marijuana as a gateway drug that causes teens to try other narcotics like meth, cocaine, etc.
But a quick look at some statistics shows that alcohol and tobacco are far more damaging than drug use, yet these substances are perfectly legal and widely available.
I’d like to hear what you all have to think on this matter. Are these clergymen on the right track? Would Jesus condone the use of pot to better the lives of people with debilitating diseases?
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