Summary: Shows what is wrong with gambling in our society
Title: What’s wrong with gambling
Text: Exodus 20:17,
Gambling- 1) a valuable consideration, mutually risked in the hope of 2) winning a significant prize, which is awarded 3) not primarily for skill or ability but largely by the caprice of chance.
In just a little over a month from now we as citizens of South Carolina have before us one of the most important votes for morality that we have had in recent history. While we have kept our major focus on other issues such as abortion, prayer in schools, and pornography in crept this legalized gambling with hardly any opposition. Before we knew it, it was legalized and not many restrictions have been laid.
I remember when I was 16 years of age I had a close friend of mine who ran a convenient store in town. In this store he would have these machines to play. He had the pinball and video poker. This was before it was legal to payout, yet he still paid out and was never questioned nor fined. Today this is not an issue for it is legal.
Let me begin by saying this is not a political issue. It is not a matter of what candidate to vote for or whether or not Bro. Hardee should stand behind the pulpit and promote political issues. The issue of gambling and video gambling is about morality.
Second it is not about legislation or morality and trying to decide should our government take away the rights of people. It is not about rights but it is about morality. The problem we have is that our own government has stood for and added this issue to its agenda and is now making profit for our legislatures to spend.
The question has been asked does the Bible explicitly address the gambling problem. First let me make something clear. I looked up the word gambling in the concordance and found out that it is listed 0 times. But then I did the same thing with the trinity and the rapture and again found the same results. So we are to conclude that the Bible says nothing about gambling, NO! Just as we would not conclude the same for the fore mention.
But in principle with reading all the verses that could pertain to this issue it would not be hard to figure out that the Bible has a firm stance against gambling.
Gambling is driven by Covetousness and greed
Even from the first giving of the law. Our original ten commandments that was handed down to Moses to give to Israel we read in Ex. 20
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. (Exodus 20:17 AV)
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:10 AV)
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. (Luke 12:15 AV)
Gambling is hurtful to people
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40 AV)