PRAYER ALERT: Despite recent gains in the war on drugs, leaders throughout the world are pursuing policies for decriminalizing drugs instead. In 2001, Portugal became the first country in Europe to repeal all criminal penalties for personal drug possession. The Netherlands reduced the penalty for possession of marijuana to a fine. The Czech Republic treats possession of specific amounts of 11 drugs—including heroin, LSD and Ecstasy—as misdemeanors punishable by fine only. In the United States, 21 states have legalized and regulated the use of medical marijuana. In 2012 Colorado and Washington legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal recreational use.
Due to the heavy demand in the US, the drug trade in many Latin American countries has turned into a lucrative but deadly business. For the stated purpose of separating private use of drugs from drug trafficking, Brazil and Costa Rica have enacted a policy of decriminalizing drugs for personal consumption. Argentina has fully legalized personal drug possession. Mexico and Ecuador have legalized specific quantities of drugs including heroin, LSD and opium. Other Latin American countries, including Belize, have seen movements for decriminalizing drugs.
But consumers must buy their legal—or decriminalized—drugs from illegal traffickers. Now Uruguay has gone so far as to legalize the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. The stated intent is to put the illegal traffickers out of business. But in order to beat them at their game, the government would have to join forces with them. And it is likely that many drug dealers will stay in the black market to avoid government regulation and taxes.
Decriminalizing drugs—and beyond that, legalizing them—sends the wrong message to those who have obeyed the laws and refrained from drug use. It implies that drug use is now okay. Decriminalizing drugs opens the door for countless more people to get hooked and fall into the misery of drug addiction. It is calling evil good. It encourages drug dealers to operate more freely in the open. “They entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves to depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him” (2 Pet. 2:18-19).
PRAY WITH US: Father God, You live in glory. You made earth and heaven to be glorious places for us to live with you. Your only condition for this glorious life was that we refrain from eating the forbidden fruit. But we did eat it. We fell into pain, sorrow and all kinds of evil. Now many are seeking escape from this fallen earth. They are seeking a stairway to false kind of heaven. They are using the forbidden fruit of drugs. Drugs provide them a temporary lift from which they fall more deeply into the pain, sorrow and evil of this world. And now nation after nation is saying this fruit is forbidden no longer. And former criminals are free to pull more and more people into the cruel bondage of addiction.
We ask that You speak clearly to leaders and their people alike that this fruit is still forbidden in Your eyes. You see better than any of us the fall after fall that it leads to. Show them that Jesus is the true desire of the nations. He is the stairway to heaven that we all long for. He releases heaven to earth as we pray. He frees captives to addiction and heals hearts broken by a broken world. Make known testimony after testimony of those whom He has healed and freed from drugs.
We thank you for exposing drug tunnels and bringing drug lords to justice. But we need more. Send revival to bring nations into Your abundant life. You did it in Columbia when it was dominated by drug lords, and you broke their power. Do it in every nation that is considering decriminalizing drugs. Establish laws against drugs and undo laws that accommodate them. Exalt the Lord Jesus over drug lords. For it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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