Summary: This sermon deals with Lottery tickets and other forms of gambling.
Should Christians Buy Lottery Tickets?
9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
13I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
14that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing,
15which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
16who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
17Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
18Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,
Today's sermon is entitled
"Should Christians Buy Lottery Tickets?"
I'm not going to ask if you have ever bought one.
If you have, I hope this sermon will help you in the future.
I think we all would agree that the Lottery is gambling.
Many times Christians say,
"Show me a verse in the Bible that prohibits gambling.""
Well, the Bible is not a book of laws covering every possible sin.
It is a book of great principles.
For example: You won't find a scripture that says,
"thou shalt not use cocaine".
So is it O.K. to use cocaine?
Does the Bible say,
"Thou shalt not drive 80 mph in a 35 mph zone"?
Of course not!
Biblical principles take care of that.
The Bible is not a simple list of don'ts.
Listen to this true story.
Hubert Tang of San Francisco had not bought a lottery ticket in 10 years. One day on the street outside San Francisco International Airport, he found a $20 bill on the ground. He picked it up and took it to a store where he purchased 2 scratch-off Lottery tickets. When he scratched them off, Tang was in shock. He later told a newspaper reporter, "I told my friend who I was with that I didn't know if it was real but, 'I think I just won a million dollars". It was true. Tang won $1 million. Lottery officials said the store will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Tang, who works as a bartender, plans to save the money for now. Tang says he may begin leaving $20 bills on the street in random places for others to find to spread his good fortune.
You've heard the expression, "Better lucky than good."
Mr. Tang's story certainly demonstrates that way of thinking.
The result of that lottery ticket seems to be good.
Hubert Tang has lots of money and he might share some of it.
The store where the ticket was sold gets $5,000.
Nevertheless, buying lottery tickets is a form of gambling.
So should Christians gamble?
Our society today promotes gambling.
Many stores have lottery tickets on the counter to be bought.
TV and radio advertisements encourage us to buy the tickets.
Some people ask us to be chances on shotguns, TV sets,
and other nice prizes.
Some schools conduct 50-50 drawings at ballgames.
They all justify things like that by saying
it raises money for good causes.
We have many casinos with slot machines, roulette wheels,
dice and card games, and numbers games.
People go to racetracks betting on horses or dogs.
Then there are "church-sponsored" bingo and raffles.
Now on football and baseball game TV broadcasts
they want us to spend our money on Fan Duel and Draft Kings
where you compete against other Fantasy players
to potentially win a million dollars.
There's also betting on the outcome of athletic events.
No matter what the situation might be,
There's one big thing to remember.
There will be a Winner and many Losers!
In order for someone to win several others MUST lose!
Some might argue,
"Buying one lottery ticket will cause me to go broke,"
I say to you this morning,
even if small amounts of money are involved,
such activities still violate Bible principles.
Where do you draw the line?