Good evening, my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Jared shared his thoughts on the use of cannabis from a faith perspective, arguing that it's not inherently wrong. He discussed the use of medical cannabis and the need for a non-judgmental church environment.
Christians and Medical Cannabis: Time 0:00
Jared led a discussion on whether Christians, specifically those with medical problems, could use medical cannabis. He also shared his journey to Christ and his practices. A Bible reading and a prayer followed the discussion. Jared emphasized the struggle between the spirit and the flesh and encouraged the participants to continue seeking spiritual knowledge. He concluded with his personal experience as a combat veteran.
Jared's Journey With Substance Use and Health: Time 2:57
Jared, a U.S. Army veteran, shared his personal experiences with substance use and health. He mentioned his struggles with alcohol and pain medications, which led to blackouts and nearly losing his military career. After his chrismation in the Orthodox Church, Jared started noticing changes in himself, including a reduced need for medication and a decrease in nightmares. He also learned about medical marijuana from a friend and did extensive research on its benefits and drawbacks. In 2019, Jared tried cannabis for the first time and noticed improved breathing and increased productivity. He is now attending university.
Cannabis and Faith: Jared's Journey: Time 8:00
Jared shared his journey and perspectives on the use of cannabis about his faith. He highlighted his interpretation of the Bible and the perception of cannabis, arguing that it is not inherently wrong but rather a product of personal perception. Jared also noted that while cannabis has been beneficial for him, it may not be suitable for everyone due to individual differences and the potential for misuse. He cautioned against judging others based on their use of cannabis and urged individuals to consider responsibility and moderation in its use.
Jesus' Teachings Discussion: Time 16:46
Jared led a discussion on Matthew, chapter 5, verses 21-48, which includes Jesus' teachings on the 10 Commandments. He also mentioned Jesus' teachings on divorce, oaths, and resisting evil, encouraging the group to love their enemies and turn the other cheek. The discussion ended with Jesus' teachings on giving to those who ask and loving one's neighbors and enemies.
Respecting Parents, Judging Others: Time 20:48
Jared also stressed the need to respect parents but not necessarily follow their advice if it's wrong. He discussed judging others, stating that we must be careful with our words and avoid judging others based on their actions. The conversation ended with Jared mentioning being careful about what we say and how we consider people.
Christianity, Love, and Medical Cannabis: Time 25:40
Jared discussed the concept of following a narrow path in Christianity and the challenges that come with it. He referred to Matthew 7:13-14 and Matthew 22:34-40, emphasizing the importance of love and neighborly affection according to Christ's teachings. He encouraged everyone to experience God's love and grace and not to be ashamed of using medical cannabis if it's for the right reasons. He also shared his personal experiences with alcohol and smokeless tobacco, highlighting that he no longer hides anything due to the nature of medical cannabis.
Christian Journey: Faith, Perseverance, Ignoring Judgment: Time 32:35
Jared stressed the importance of faith, perseverance, and ignoring judgmental voices in one's journey with Christianity. He encouraged the audience to read the Bible, close their prayers with a reference to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and focus on good deeds.
In Christ, Love Jared W. Campbell