Churches Shouldn’t Stop Fighting the War on Drugs

600 churches are fighting to legalize recreational drug use. (Flickr/Creative Commons)
600 churches are fighting to legalize recreational drug use. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

President Richard Nixon launched the battle in 1971. President Ronald Reagan passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 during his office. And of course, his wife Nancy made the words “Just Say No” popular with her campaign.

Although the war on drugs hasn’t ended drug abuse, I have to believe it has made a difference. Nevertheless, at a time when some churches are capitulating on gay marriage, other churches are suggesting we give up the battle against barbiturates, marijuana, crack, heroine and the slew of newfangled highs hitting the streets today.

The New England Conference of United Methodist Churches passed a resolution calling for an end to the war on drugs. Why? Because they say it’s not effective. That’s ridiculous! We must not bow and allow the spirit of pharmakeia to take over the next generation! We’re already seeing marijuana legalized in several states. If anything, now is the time to fight harder, not shrink back.

It’s one more sign of the times, in my opinion. Legalizing drugs sends the wrong message to a generation trying to fill the void in their heart only Christ can fill.

These Methodists argue, “Many more lives have been lost to overdose because there is no regulation of potency, purity or adulteration in the production of illicit drugs.” That’s tragic, but are these Methodists really calling for the legalization of hard drugs for the sake of regulation? Even if we lay down our weapons—even if we made it all legal for adults—there will be drugs sold on the black market to underage consumers looking for a quick fix at any cost.

These Methodists argue, “Our prisons are overcrowded with persons, many of whom are nonviolent, convicted of violation of the prohibition laws.” So we should stop the war on drugs because folks don’t want to pay the price for selling them? I agree that we should not house non-violent criminals with violent ones but we don’t have to end the war on drugs to solve that problem.

 

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Jennifer LeClaire