These mushrooms look innocent enough. But the psilocybin in them can alter the mind just as LSD does. A recent book by Michael Pollan explores the testing of psychedelics as a treatment for depression, fear and anxiety, especially as a result of a terminal cancer diagnosis. He even went so far as to experiment on himself! His conclusion was that these psychedelics appear to help with what he calls a “psycho-spiritual distress.” He also believes that there really is nothing else for people in that situation.
Today’s verse talks about two states of mind. One mind is governed by the flesh and one is governed by the Spirit of God. The mind that is governed or controlled by the flesh is the mind without God and without the peace of God. There is not only physical death but spiritual death in store. In contrast, the mind governed by the Spirit is life both here and eternally after death because there is peace with God through His Son, Jesus.
I cannot speak personally about facing death. And I do not want to minimize what that suffering may be like. But it is often in the sobering moments facing one’s own mortality that there is a last chance for establishing peace with God through the forgiveness offered by His Son. To take away that last opportunity by altering one’s state of mind seems cruel. I know there is peace and assurance facing death. I have seen it. And when it is my turn, I am confident because He has promised a perfect peace for a mind that is steadfast, trusting in Him (Isaiah 26:3).
Thank you Lord, that I can live and die without fear.