Should A Christian Gamble?

Gambling is a topic that should be taken more seriously than the way some Christians take it. Some look at it as an optional activity that is left up to the individual, but the Bible teaches otherwise.

Yes, I know that you can’t find any scripture that condemns gambling specifically, but you better believe that the scriptures condemn the principles that surround it as well as the ones that it produces.

A person is right when they say, “Thou shalt not gamble” isn’t found in the Old Testament but God taught His people in Leviticus 19:36 to “…have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin (measuring devices).” Gambling is inherently deceptive. It makes you think that you have a better chance at winning than what you really do. The only thing honest about gambling is that it is honestly meant to take your money.

Not even when you read through the New Testament letters will you find one time that any writer specifically tells you not to gamble, but you will read scriptures that warn against greed, covetousness and other fleshly desires to gain material wealth and their reward (1st Corinthians 6:10; Ephesians 4:19 and 1st Timothy 6:9).

Gambling is a not so harmless “game” and vacuum that millions get sucked into every year. Have you ever noticed that the gambling industry rarely uses the word “gambling”??? They call it gaming. That sounds harmless doesn’t it?  Pick the right horse or play the game of chance they say. Hmmm. It is amazing what some people will leave up to luck. By the way, how well did that “luck” work out for the rabbit?

Untold numbers of people end up at the end of their rope seeking help from the 1-800 numbers found around every gambling based city and on the back of lottery tickets. When you must have the Alcoholic’s Anonymous equivalent organization called Gambler’s Anonymous around to help people who are suffering and damaging themselves, not to mention the untold damage to their families, how can anyone call gambling harmless?

State based lotteries have gambling down to thier own art form. I wish these lotteries would show the pictures of all the people who bought tickets and lost as much as they do the winners. But everybody likes a winner, right? Imagine how much money the lottery organization actually took in to be able to give that winner’s amount much away. After all, they have bills to pay too!

At the end of the day, is it any wonder that the “gambling capital” of America is also known as “sin-city?” Now do I really have to answer the above title or do you get the point?  EA

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