I couldn't help but be astounded this morning when I took the time to watch the news for the first time in several days. They were showing the state capitol in Denver, Colorado with tens of thousands of people celebrating the "Cannabis Cup." The haze from pot smoke was evident, and an interview with Mr. Chong from "Cheech and Chong" pretty much said it all. It is now legal to do what they were encouraging 40 years ago. It is sad that their celebration of 4/20 coincided with the date of Easter this year. (For those of you unfamiliar with the term, 4:20 P.M. is apparently the prime time to smoke pot. Thus, the date, 4/20 has become a significant date in the calendar.)
As I watched the news clip a flood of thoughts engulfed my mind. I just kept pondering the difference between our Easter celebrations in churches all across the land filled with incense smoke as compared to the smoke filled air around the capitol of Colorado. It certainly gives a richer meaning to "Rocky Mountain High."
Seeing the news reports on several different stations and reading some articles on the internet was enlightening. I will admit that I don't understand the culture surrounding this type of behavior, but after examining some of the details of this event it is clear that we, as people of faith, have work to do. If we have celebrated Easter and now return to life as a mundane routine without bringing the "Good News" of salvation to others, we have missed a vital component to what we just celebrated. There are many people outside of our church walls that need to experience the love of Christ. That is the role of each one of us. If nearly 30,000 people forego the celebration of Easter to celebrate the "Cannabis Cup," it is clear that we have much to do in our evangelistic efforts.
Happy Easter! (Remember, we celebrate for 50 days.)