Drugs are part of creation. Some are produced by natural means,
others manufactured by chemical processes. The human mind which has
developed these processes is also part of creation. God has offered
these gifts and expects human beings to exercise responsibility and
stewardship in their use.
So what is the Methodist Church's view of
Drugs should be employed in ways which promote health and
healing. Many people are living full and active lives who, but for
medically prescribed drugs, would be incapacitated or dead.
What about illegal drugs?
Many people find recreation and excitement in using illicit
drugs. A minority become drug dependent.
Although most of the most dangerous drugs are illegal, it must
also be recognised that legal substances such as alcohol and
tobacco can be highly addictive and, occasionally, as harmful as
destructive addiction to illegal drugs.
The Methodist Church's concern is to reduce the harm and havoc
that such drug use can cause.
What can the Church do to help?
The Methodist Church should do everything it can to encourage
well-informed, open debate on the effects of different drugs on
people's physical and mental and health, The agenda will
- what constitutes healthy living.
- understanding the different reasons why some people are driven
to harmful patterns of drug use
- information about drugs of all kinds, and skill in
differentiating between them.
- the frequent mismatch between what we know and how we behave
(for example smoking in spite of the known health hazards)
- the impact of social conditions on health and behaviour.
There is a special concern for family life and support for
communities and groups in the Church's work. This will be
important, in partnership with other agencies, in fostering healthy
life-styles in society, building self-confidence and self-esteem in
young and old, and enabling young people to capture a vision of a
What is the Church's attitude towards drug
The Church, when inspired by God's Spirit, offers hospitality,
affirmation and respect to the damaged, deprived, drug-dependent
and broken people of our society. Judgemental attitudes are wholly
inappropriate. Refuge, support, patience and hopefulness are
fundamental elements in the Church's ministry.
Resources: 'The Non-Medical Use of Drugs', A
Declaration of the Methodist Church, 1974; 'Substances of Abuse:
Getting a Perspective', 1995.
For further information
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