Mark Driscoll, lead pastor of the Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, on Thursday marked the day marijuana possession became legal under Washington state law by publishing an e-book and blog post that asks, “Should Christians smoke pot or not?”

“Today, my home state of Washington legalizes the recreational use of marijuana. This decision, of course, leads to a host of pastoral questions and issues,” Driscoll began in his blog that also includes, provocatively, in the headline, “Puff or Pass.”

“I have been asked these questions for years, as Mars Hill Church has always reached out to a high (pun intended) percentage of single young guys living typical, irresponsible urban lives,” he continued. “These guys are generally not very theological, but curiously they tend to know at least two Bible verses.”

Driscoll pointed to Genesis 1:29 (NIV): “Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth,'” and Luke 6:37, “the catch-all, in-case-of-guilty-emergency-break-glass verse, (paraphrased): ‘Thou shall not judge,'” he wrote.

Continue Reading on