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Compton: ‘Church’s’ mute moral voice on issue of legal weed, deafening

Pastors, laypersons have a duty to engage controversy with moral voices of reason; not remain neutral, disengaged The city of Compton is presently engaged in a swirling controversy — whether to permit marijuana enterprises to operate

Pastors, laypersons have a duty to engage controversy with moral voices of reason; not remain neutral, disengaged

The city of Compton is presently engaged in a swirling controversy — whether to permit marijuana enterprises to operate in the city — medicinally related or otherwise. There are strong arguments on both sides of the spectrum. But the one voice yet to be heard is the moral voice of reason.

Why is the “Church” in Compton silent on the issue of cannabis? Is there trepidation on the part of religious leadership to oppose proponents of legal weed? But that cannot be; because the bible teaches that God did not give those that make up the church a “Spirit of Fear.”

ethics-homepage-emailProponents of legal weed argue that the biblical view is an archaic position of “Holy Rollers.” That might be, but the bible never changes and therefore nor should their belief. The biblical view is the human body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and should be devoid of things that are injurious like tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.

Despite the pronouncements, many people do not embrace its teachings, and that is their prerogative. Some argue that people have been smoking marijuana since the emergence of human beings on Earth; well that may not be provable, but the writer gets the point. Others have argued the taxable benefit to the city, and the medicinal benefit to the ailing.

The Compton Herald does not demean these views. They have merit and there is really no effective debate against them.

But the overriding concern is the dark side of legalization in Compton, where mind- altering drugs like marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin, black tar heroin, Angel dust (PCP) and methamphetamine, have visited dire consequences upon the city. There’s no reason to believe it won’t happen again, even if legal weed is approved on the November ballot. There has already been one double murder, here behind marijuana. The fear is, the 2015 tragedy may portend future calamity.

You have to wonder what’s next in a nation of declining morality where anything goes — legal crack? Don’t count it out. After all, cocaine was once a legal ingredient in Coca-Cola.

The point is because it feels good and brings the promise of riches — the latter of which is the city’s real “unofficial” motivation for local weed as sellers, patrons, growers, and suppliers — doesn’t make it right!

The moral voices in Compton — the pastors and their flocks should be making this point. That is their duty to God. Not to remain mute and adopt a position of neutrality.

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

1 COMMENT
  • DR MARCIA A MIMS COPPERTINO September 14, 2016

    I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR THIS BUT AS YOU KNOW, THE CHURCH AS WE KNOW IT (NOT GRANDMA AND GREAT GRANDPA) IS STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE. THEY ARE CLOSING WEEKLY AT A RAPID PACE BY THE HUNDREDS PER YEAR IN LOS ANGELES. PASTORS ARE WEARY OF DEMONIC INSPIRED CHURCH PARISHIONERS WHO ONLY COME TO SHOW OFF THE LATEST FASHIONS, NETWORK OR TALK ABOUT THE PASTOR AND HIS DEACONS LIKE POLE CATS. THEY WILL NOT LEAVE THE PEW THEY CALL THEIR OWN FOR 5 MINUTES TO GO OUTSIDE THE DOOR AND FIND THE DERANGED SHEEP BEFORE THEY ARE READ ABOUT IN THE LA TIMES FOR KILLING OR ROBBING ANOTHER. THEY WERE TOLD BY JESUS TO GO BUT THEY SIT AND SIT AND SIT WHILE THEY WATCH THE WORLD OF HUMANITY DIE AFTER TAKING HIT AND HIT FROM SATAN HIMSELF. A MOCKERY INDEED WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE SWIFT PUNISHMENT ON THE WAY FROM THE KING OF KINGS.

    MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT THIS: THE CHURCH OWES EVERYBODY THAT HAVE GRANTED THEM FAVORS TO KEEP THEIR DOORS OPEN AND THEY KNOW BETTER THAN TO STAND IN THAT CRIMSON STAINED ROBE SUITED DOWN UNDERNEATH IN ARMOUR TO OPEN THEIR MOUTH, RIGHT OR WRONG. TOO MANY CARS, TOO MUCH MONEY IN THE BANK OVER $3.00, TOO MANY HOUSED AND TOO MANY BIG SHOT FRIENDS HAVE LEFT THEM SPIRITUALLY DEAD AND US NEAR DEATH FOR THE REAL WORD, GASPING FOR THE WATER DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE. CHURCH SILENT? THEIR FLOCK JUST AS WORSE? NO MATTER! THE SHOW IS ALMOST OVER.

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