The Spiritual Evils of Gamblinmg

1 10 2009

Christians whitewash gambling with a form of godliness.  They are all excuses:

“If I win the lottery, I will give ½ to the church and other charities.”

“I prayed for God’s will, so if I win or lose, I could praise God”

“Christians gambled in the Bible, like when the apostles were choosing lots in the upper room.”

“Gambling can’t be that bad, some churches survive on it.”

Gambling is spreading like wild fire.  Non-thinking Christians dismiss it as a harmless form of entertainment that responsible adults with disposable incomes could engage, with out any spiritual damage.  We need to build convictions on the Word of God and not on public or personal opinion.  What are the spiritual evils of gambling?

1.      Gambling violates the 10th commandment.  Exodus 20:17 is very clear, “Thou shalt not covet.” The basic foundation of gambling is the desire to have more and getting it quickly!  Jesus comes along and echos this thought in Luke 12:15, “Beware of covetousness.”  The Biblical opposite of covetousness is contentment.  Check out I Timothy 6:6-10.  While covetousness comes naturally, contentment must be learned (Philippians 4:11).  Covetousness is carnal, contentment is spiritual.  If Christians learn contentment, they would never feel the need for hitting the lottery.

2.      Gambling eliminates God as provider.

Philippians 4:19 tells us that, “My God shall supply all your needs.”  In context, Paul is describing how he learned to be content.  Some will counter this principle by saying, “Why can’t God use gambling to supply our needs?”  Two reasons:

* It forces God to act our of character.

* It equates faith and fate.

Romans 14:23 tells us that, “Whatever is not of faith is sin.”  I can not logically balance luck with faith. Fate will never build faith.

* It seeks the wrong thing.

Matthew 6:33 instructs us to, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.”  There is no way you could Christianize gambling and make it a justifiable tool in the Kingdom of God.

3.      Gambling negates the Biblical work ethic.

Who wants to get up in the morning and punch the time clock when you really feel like punching the boss?  Why not gamble a little with the possibility of striking it rich, telling off the boss, quitting work, and moving to where it does not snow.

You must understand, God wants us to work.  The duty of work came before the fall; the drudgery of work cam after the fall.  Proverbs 28:20 tells us, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”  Be faithful to your job and forget about hitting the powerball jackpot!  If you decide to do both, even if you do win big, gambling has yet another spiritual evil.

4.      Gambling may lead to eventual addiction.

Like any addiction, it starts small and after a while, it consumes you.  No one gets into an addiction thinking that they would like to become an out-of-control junkie.  It happens, not all the time, but it happens.  Is it simply “unfortunate,” or is it avoidable?  Well, if you never start, you will have a 100% chance of avoiding addiction.  If you keep handling rattlesnakes, sooner or latter you will get bit!  The Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 6:12 testifies that, “All things are lawful for me but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

5.      Gambling distracts from a loving God.

The pull of gambling on a person is a stranglehold over that person’s ability to experience a deepening relationship with God.  Gambling is a distraction from the One who promises to supply all our needs.  “Trust not in uncertain riches but in the living God, who giveth us richly all thing to enjoy” (I Timothy 6:17).  When the Bible tells us that covetousness is idolatry (Colossians 3:5), then how could the idolatry of gambling draw us closer to the true and living God?

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