Can Christians use drugs and alcohol for fun? Technically the Bible silent on the issue of most drug usage since many of them were not in use in ancient Israel, but the scriptures do speak of consciousness altering drugs in a few places. Specifically it speaks about alcohol consumption, which was the most widely used drug at the time.
Isaiah 28:7 These also reel with wine and stagger with strong drink; the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, they are swallowed by wine, they stagger with strong drink, they reel in vision, they stumble in judgment.
This verse speaks of the religious leaders of the nation being infected with drunkenness and giving false spiritual guidance. It proves to be a good warning for Christians. As followers of the one true God Jesus Christ, we are the spiritual leaders in this fallen world, we need to be sober-minded so that we can provide clear and understandable spiritual and moral guidance. The use of drugs and alcohol distort reason and pervert morals.
As beings created in the image of God, we are endowed with both reason and an innate sense of right and wrong, which are damaged by the use of drugs and alcohol. Look at Lot in Genesis 19, he was a righteous man, righteous enough to be worth saving from the judgment of God on Sodom, yet after fleeing to the hills he became drunk with wine and his reason and morals fleeing in the face of such drunkenness committed incest with his daughters.
Lot is an extreme example to be sure, but he serves as a cautionary tale as well. The use of drugs and alcohol do affect ones reasoning and morals. For instance, many people will make choices they would otherwise not make while under the influence, normally peaceful men become angry drunks and beat their wives and children. Under the influence of drugs, people have sex with strangers, commit crimes and endanger their lives with risky behavior.
Okay, you may say, I get that, but what is the harm of smoking a joint, watching some TV and then going to sleep? Well for one thing, you are turning your will over to a drug and not to God. While on drugs the influence of the Holy Spirit in one’s life is suppressed, the fruit of the Spirit is choked with weeds and we turn our back on our God-given reason and moral compass. When our reason is distorted, we have a hard time hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit in our lives, but we hear the voice of Satan loud and clear. The Spirit often convicts our conscience when we are faced with a moral dilemma, but Satan will tempt us, give us excuses and since our self-control is broken while under the influence, we often give into the particular temptation being offered.
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Scripture teaches that being under the influence makes one stupid and gets one into trouble. More bad than good happens while on drugs or alcohol. Does this mean we can never drink or get high? It means we cannot use something to the point that our reason and morals become subverted. It means that we should drink in such moderation that we never become drunk and never use drugs that will lead us away from God.
Ephesians 5:15-18 Look carefully how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.
You wont find love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, or self-control at the bottom of a bottle or in drugs, you find only satanic counterfeits. What you eventually find is sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness and orgies. God warned us that those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Ephesians 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
What are your thoughts on being led simultaneously by God’s Spirit and alcoholic spirits?