Published on October 21st, 2015 | by News Feed
Christian Pastor Leads Marijuana Rally In Alabama
Almost every political idea invokes religion at some point. Liberals will claim that Jesus was in favor of government helping people and conservatives claim that Jesus is a proponent of self-reliance. Both major political parties have conflicting views on Islam as well. However the Christian church in America is not known for embracing items such as marijuana. However Jeffrey Livings is a Christian and a pastor who feels that marijuana does not fall into the sin category.
“The Devil did not create anything,” Living said as he held a flag with a marijuana leaf etched onto the corner Friday. “If you’re saying that marijuana is wrong, you’re criticizing the Lord.”
As pastor of the First Cannabis Church of Alabama, Livings believes that marijuana falls into an acceptable area within scripture and the created order of things. “There are probably about 700 things that it can be used for, many of them for healing properties,” Livings said. “Jesus was all about healing, and that’s what we want to be about.”
The rally that Livings held was organized by the Medical Cannabis Advocates of Alabama and was attended by several dozen people. The goal of the rally was to help lead to the decriminalization of marijuana as well as raising awareness about marijuana. Pastor Livings used scripture from the book of Genesis, in the Christian Bible, to help build a platform for his stance in favor of marijuana use.
Genesis states, “Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.’”
Faye Medlock is the president of the MCAA. She noted that the rally did not have as high attendance as they would have liked but that the rally was a success nonetheless. “We’re not going away,” Medlock said. “We’re only going to get stronger and grow.”
“We want our rights to be upheld as far as having access to this medicine that we know works without fear of being arrested or persecuted,” she said.
Another member of the MCAA, Rick Wear, says that the Alabama legislature is still a long ways off from accepting marijuana. He does however think that more people are opening up to the idea of marijuana.
“Propaganda can only go so far,” Wear said. “Truth overcomes propaganda, always.”