Commonly people will advocate to keep prostitution and drugs illegal. There hearts are in the right place. They may have some good reasons for wanting to keep these things illegal. These activities are dangerous and harmful to our health and to the health and well being of others. I fully agree with that sentiment but have often thought why are they dangerous to our health and well being of others.
Clearly drugs are bad for us there is no denying that. As is prostitution with the spread of std’s and other diseases, dirty needles and other such things. But I have often wondered and asked has keeping such activity’s illegal been good or bad for society? Has there truly been a net benefit to banning these substances and the selling of your body for sex?
Well lets start with prostitution. This activity is morally and ethically wrong. There is certainly no dispute about that in anyway. This is an evil and satanic practice and in a ideal world would not be an issue. The fact is that prostitution is already legal in many forms. From strip clubs to magazines and movies many people are already paid for acts of sex, however if you sell it on the streets or the back of a massage parlor you are breaking the law. It seems to me that selling sex is not illegal its only the method and manor in which you sell it that makes it illegal. The problem with this is that because these girls have no safe place to do the work they are doing anyway regardless of the law they are at risk. Countless prostitutes have gone missing, have been abused and killed while working the streets. They have no where to go to work in a safe environment. I understand that many of these women have been forced into it which only helps to contribute to the problem.
As for illegal drugs it seems that having them illegal has not helped anyone. Drugs are still being used and sold on the black market. They go to fund gang and criminal activity without thought for who they may be harming. News reports are filled with gang and drug related homicides and violent crime. Big Pharma has produced many drugs sharing similar chemical concoctions and side effects as cocaine, heroin meth and other drugs, making those drugs not only more deadly in some cases but just as dangerous. We willingly drug our selves with dangerous pharamceuticals without thought for the danger they pose, while at the same time we cringe and run from essentially the same things being sold on the streets. We convince ourselves that because it comes from a drug store it is somehow safer than what you buy on the streets. One is mass produced the other is not. Think about this for a minute, heroine and morphine are both produced from the opium poppy the Same plant. one is produced as recreational drug, one by big pharma as a medcinal drug. Which conicindentally is still used recreationally by some on the black market. People still get high without regard for what they are doing to themselves or the people they are endangering. It seems to me that our war on drugs has only served to make more dangerous cities and created more criminals. The only difference between the street dealer and the drug company is not the drugs themselves but rather who the seller is. The drugs are essentially the same.
There have been many news stories about meth labs gone bad, houses exploding and people dying and getting hurt. These activity’s put people and families at risk and making them illegal has not protected families but rather put them at further risk due to those producing said drugs will go to greater means and take greater risks to hide there activities.
I certainly don’t support or condone such behavior or use of such drugs. I don’t support the selling of sex or other forms of prostitution. My concern as a christian is that such laws have not protected us from the dangers of such activities but rather have served to increase the danger. They have put families and my children at greater risk by making the behavior riskier all together. How can I protect my children from these issues when I don’t know where it is happening and who might be involved as it is done in secret.
The world we live in refuses to accept the higher law of God and continues down a path of evil. Morals have all but ceased to exist in modern society. When the children of Israel would not accept the higher law of God in the Sinai wilderness God gave them the law of Moses. Christ was questioned about this when asked if marriage is so important why do you allow divorce. His answer was this
It was the hardness of the hearts of the people that caused a different law to be given. God’s law did not change, nor did his expectations. The hardness of the hearts of the people continues to get harder. Does keeping such things illegal make sense. While I would not like my children to see the horrors of drug addiction I would feel better knowing where such drug manufacturing was happening so that I can protect them and keep them away from it.
We know that smoking rates have continued on a steady decline over the past several years. The graph below demonstrates this.
with anti smoking campaigns and strict regulations surrounding advertising smoking rates have dropped dramatically in the last 10 year period ending 2009 and have continued to decline. Could we not apply this same principal to other drugs and prostitution. Instead of keeping drugs illegal, lets educate our children on why they should not be partaking of them. Alcohol and tobacco while not illegal is well known to be harmful, we can use the same principal we used to reduce smoking to work towards elimination of other drugs from our culture.
City’s like Vancouver have already recognized this need by offering safe injection sites for addicts and providing clean needles and drugs. I don’t neccesarily agree with this approach but at least they recognize the need. This has had a impact and reduced harm from these drugs in a postive way.
There are no easy answers. As a culture we cleary are not ready to accept the higher law of God. We must work to educate our children rather than imposes a set of morals across society that is not ready to accept them. These laws seem to me to only benefit the few and harm the majority. While I don’t support the use of drugs or prostitition, rather I wholly condem and opposed such things, even many legal drugs, but like Christ said, maby we should consider suffering our people to legally indulge as they are not willing to accept the higher law. These laws don’t help they hurt and it is through the preaching of the gospel of Christ and helping people to come to the knowledge of the gospel that will turn there hearts to that which is right, Not laws that create more problems than they solve.