Today with lottery, church sponsored bingo, and office football pools, Christians have begun to accept gambling as an acceptable pastime. Let’s take an honest biblical view of this activity.
There are only four biblical methods to gain wealth.
- Work (Gen 3:17-19, 2Thes 3:10)
- Investing (Matt 25:27)
- Gifts (Matt 19:21)
- Inheritance (Pro 13:22)
“Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase.” (Pro 13:11)
Certainly wealth by gambling is gained by vanity. The new conscious soothing expression for gambling is “gaming”. Regardless how you spell it, gambling is not a Bible principle for gaining wealth.
Troubling issues associated with gambling
An issue of faith – If I am not sure it is ok with God, it is best I do not.
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Rom 14:23)
An issue of greed
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. (Pro 28:20)
An issue of trust – Are we looking to lady luck or God for provisions and blessings?
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? (Mat 6:30)
Issue of stewardship – is it what God wants done with His money? All our money is His.
For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. (Psa 50:10-12)
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (1Co 4:2)
An issue of wisdom – is it a wise investment? Look a the odds and you tell me.
An issue of addiction – many become addicted to gambling every year
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (1Co 6:12)
An issue of being a stumbling block
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. (1Co 8:9)
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. (Rom 14:13)
An issue of covetousness – certainly a root of the desire to gamble
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (Col 3:5)
An issue of testimony
Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1Th 5:22)
Just a glance at the atmosphere and activities associated with gambling should frighten any Christian from the world of “gaming”. The many fruits of gambling are equally distressing; stealing (attempting to get personal gain at the loss of others), lying, addiction, pornography, and poverty.
Let’s make money God’s way to gain God’s blessing.
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