There is some good news to report on teenagers’ use of alcohol and cigarettes. According the National Institute on Drug Abuse, underage drinking and smoking are at historic lows. In fact, researchers found that most types of drugs have taken a dip in popularity among young people.
However there is one disturbing exception: the use of marijuana.
According to an updated study, 23% of teens smoked pot in the last month. That’s almost one out four kids in every high school classroom in America. Even more troubling-- 7% of high school seniors report smoking marijuana EVERY DAY—the highest that figure has been since 1981.
In addition, 11% of seniors say they've used synthetic marijuana (often supplementing their use of the real stuff). Until recently, synthetic marijuana was legal in some states and marketed under brand names such as K2 or Spice.
Unfortunately, many teens—even Christian teens, don’t see a problem with smoking pot.
If your kids are experimenting with marijuana, remind them that the bible tells us to be clear-minded and to exhibit self-control. Those are impossible to pull off when we’re under the influence of any type of substance.
1st Corinthians 6:19 tells us that if we’ve accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. That’s an amazing spiritual truth that should cause each of us to prayerfully consider what we put into that temple.
I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.