I bet no one will even read this!
Gambling is a large part of our Australian culture. The rest of the world jokes that we Aussies would bet on two flies crawling up a wall.
Is it something we should joke about, or be proud of? When do you cross the line from a bit of fun to gambling that we should be concerned about? Surely, there is nothing wrong with a little raffle?
The key to Christian living is love. All of our choices and decisions need to put the interests of others before ourselves. And that’s the problem with gambling.
Gambling is based on taking from others. It is the change of ownership of money and possessions based on chance. There are winners, and there are losers.
Often we say a little flutter of gambling is for fun, or to support a good cause in the community. But at the heart of gambling is the desire to win and have more. We win at the cost of others’ losses.
This Sunday we will consider what the Bible says about gambling, and what our response could be as individuals and as a church.
If you want to read/see more, check these out:
Tracey Gordon, ‘Is gambling all that wrong?’ Social Issues briefing #033, 19/11/2004. http://www.sydneyanglicans.net/socialissues
Michael Hill, ‘Should the stewards object? A biblical approach to gambling’, The Briefing, Issue #305, February 2004. http://matthiasmedia.com/briefing/authors/michael-hill/
Gambling on The Chat Room. http://vimeo.com/9394139
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.