Saturday, July 13, 2013

Go on, have a cigar!

Over at The Prepper Project, I take a look at the why and how of growing tobacco in a total puff piece:

Even if you don't smoke, you need to grow tobacco. Just because.

I had a big patch growing along my front walkway a couple years ago. Friends from church would come over and ask my wife, "What's that?" and she'd respond, "Tobacco!"

The next question would invariably be, "What for?"

When she replied "So David can smoke it," they thought she was kidding. Surely Good Christians(TM) don't use tobacco!

Chapter and verse, man... give me a chapter and verse. If it was good enough for Spurgeon and Pink Floyd, it's good enough for me.


At July 13, 2013 at 9:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL - love it! And I don't even smoke. . . but give me a glass of wine any time.

At July 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM , Blogger jean said...

The only thing I have against cigars is the "fragrance". Modern day sodas and processed snacks are worse for the body. Tell that to anyone who wants to point their "righteous" finger at your cigars : )

At July 14, 2013 at 11:04 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

Yeah, it's funny how many churchgoers would judge you for smoking or strong drink, while quite clearly indulging in the sin of... gluttony, which we are specifically warned about. That's pretty much how middle-class America lives nowadays (and most other social classes on down from there).

At July 15, 2013 at 3:25 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

The "fragrance?" You mean, the aroma of Olympus?

At July 18, 2013 at 4:18 AM , Blogger SlowBro said...

How about the idea that we can improve our health so as to be hard workers for the gospel all our lives, even after many Americans have retired? That would make smoking not necessarily a sin but definitely unwise, and limiting on how much you get to participate in what Jesus is doing in the world. Just a thought.

I do wonder if organic tobacco doesn't cause health problems; I'm sure cancer comes from the tar and 7000 other additives... Here's a discussion on health benefits/drawbacks of smoking organic tobacco:

Most helpful comment: "Inhaling burning particulate matter is never healthy. Even being around woodfire smoke can cause respiratory problems over time."

"You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." (1Cor 6:20 ESV)

At July 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Sure - I get that. But I could just as easily apply it to ice cream (which I almost never eat), hot dogs (which I almost never eat), sodas (which I never drink), gen-mod soy and corn (which I don't eat), etc.

You could also say that burning incense or sacrifices isn't healthy... yet God ordained both in His temple.

I say this all as a moderate smoker. In the last year, I've dropped off quite a bit. The cigars drag me down in a way they didn't used to, so I've cut back a lot. And by a lot... I mean from one cigar a day to maybe a couple a week. Your body lets you know, you know?

At July 18, 2013 at 11:08 AM , Blogger SlowBro said...


I also eat healthy with the goal I previously mentioned in mind: Let me feel strong so that I can get at Jesus's purposes and work in the world. It is a privilege to do so.

Thus the hot dog isn't sin -- but it isn't wise, either. Health food (and a lack of smoking) is like making an investment into what really matters most, and what brings you a greater satisfaction than a temporary pleasure. When we've been there ten thousand years bright shining as the sun, I know which things I'll be glad I did, and which things I'll wished I hadn't wasted my health on.

Don't burn up your joy. :-)


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