I suppose I should be posting this anonymously, but my problem is as follows:
Last night I smoked marijuana with a friend. I don’t often smoke, and I haven’t smoked at all in 3 years.
I know this is a lame excuse, but I just really wasn’t thinking about it too much. I said “sure” in the same way that some might say “sure” to “Hey, wanna beer?”
The problem is that I think that my friend may have a problem, because I was told that he had been stressed at work and had taken to smoking every other day or so… So I feel that I encouraged his problem, like St Paul said, by tripping him up… Like as if someone were to have a drink with an alchoholic, I wasn’t thinking about the effect it might have on him.
Furthermore, I realized later that I had consumed the product of an evil industry, like people who accept diamonds from civil war torn African countries… my accepting of my friends “gift,” which he had bought from some unknown person, was material cooperation with an industry that is involved in global crime.
Even furthermore, it was a crime, and while I don’t think it should be, it is. And I am bound to obey all laws that don’t contradict the Law of God.
So my problem is: Am I missing anything? I’d like to make a good confession, and I’d like to do some sort of penence. I guess I’d also like to have a few posts here on this subject, for other people to see.