We have been looking at self-control as the foundation of all civic and political liberty. Living as we do in a time when such liberty is eroding at alarming rates, we need to make sure that when we run our spiritual inventories we do not do what sinners always love to do, which is to blame someone else.
Now while Scripture warns us against the abuse of alcohol, that same Bible sets alcoholic gifts before us as legitimate gifts from God—aesthetic gifts, gifts for your thirst, sacramental gifts, and so on. It is noteworthy that the only thing that pot does for you—get you buzzed—is the one use prohibited concerning alcohol. When Paul tells us not to be drunk with wine, he did not mean that getting drunk with beer or scotch was acceptable. The problem is not the wine, but rather the loss of self-control. And because such mental impairment is the whole point of smoking pot, recreational marijuana use is a serious sin, from the very first toke on down. No one smokes pot because it pairs nicely with the fish.
We live just a few miles from a town where recreational pot use is now legal, and shops there are doing a brisk business, and the tax man has stars in his eyes. The statist thieves who would take all our liberties can, with every purchase, kill two birds with one stoner. They can rake in money from lotus-eating fools, and they can simultaneously advance the kind of fuzzy and self-indulgent thinking that makes their style of despotic governance possible.
The kind of liberty that God gives is the liberty to do right. “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” (Gal. 5:13). The Spirit does not bring us into liberty so that we might suit ourselves. And He did not grant us liberty so that we might sell it to socialist planners. A free man has calluses on his hands from honest work, and not brown stains on his fingers from rolling up our liberties and blowing them into thin air.