Reaction to the NO vote on weed.

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Now that the vote in our town to approve recreational marijuana sales has failed I feel free to speak and write publicly on the matter. As a pastor, I am to be a man of influence, but when things get a little political it is rarely appropriate for a pastor to weigh in publicly. So now that I cannot influence the outcome of the vote, I wanted to share some thoughts.

It will not come as a surprise to you that I was very much against legalizing recreational pot sales in our town. My reasoning was extremely simple: Increased availability and increased acceptance ALWAYS leads to increase use (including those under age). Increased use ALWAYS leads to an increase in broken families. To this argument there has been no retort.

We found out this morning that a majority of Buena Vista residents saw things similarly or they had their own reasons to vote no. So today I am happy, but (and you knew there was a but coming) I am not relieved. Not relieved because nothing really has changed. I and others who believe and think like me did not dodge a bullet here. No, the bullet is still speeding towards us. What bullet? The bullet of raising kids who choose to be influenced by God rather than drugs and alcohol. The bullet of being a positive influence in our community. The bullet of working towards unity in our little town. The bullet of maintaining relationships so that we can lead people towards Jesus. Those bullets are still aimed right at us and must still be dealt with. As a follower of Jesus those are not only our responsibilities, but our calling. And it is, to me, a wonderful (and even fun) challenge, made only very slightly less challenging by this vote.

Voting down recreational pot sales did not save our town, only Jesus saves. And he doesn’t save towns, but individual people. Our task will still be as urgent and demanding as ever: To love God and to love others more than ourselves. To use our influence and relationships to bring people to what is best in this world, an almighty creator God, who loves them and wants relationship with them that can start today and will go on for eternity to come.

About the Author
Before becoming the lead Pastor of Valley, Craig was the family Pastor at Valley for three years. The decade before, God used him in youth and family ministry as well as camping ministry in great state of Washington. Craig loves to teach deep truths about God in ways that are understandable, life changing and sometimes funny. He is also passionate about encouraging Jesus-followers to invest in the lives of friends and neighbors here in BV and around the world…not to make a point, but to make a difference. Craig met his wife Diana in third grade and they were great friends growing up. God has blessed Craig and Diana with two girls, Mia and Lynn, and two boys, Cody and Jace. Craig enjoys outdoor pursuits of all kinds, but backcountry skiing is his favorite. Craig loves God, Diana, his family, the Church, and wilderness – in that order.
  1. Trisha Hubbard McFarland Reply

    AMEN Brother…. AMEN!!! Drugs also leads to crime!

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