What Does Your Denomination Say About Gambling? Does It Have An Official Stand?
Reader, the above questions arise because the latest lottery is nearing the BILLION mark. Someone has to win it, right? I have many Christian friends who are buying lottery tickets, but there are several things that have stopped many from buying lottery tickets. I found the above question on my timeline to be one of interest. Even doth the denomination that I was a part of growing up didn't have a rule about gambling, it was a personal conviction for me. I never buy lottery tickets but today is an exception. Wish me luck! If I win I'm taking a non-stop, one-way flight to anywhere. You will not see or hear from me again!!
Anyhow, one board member of a church I was a member at in the past told me that he bought a lottery ticket each week to help education in his state, and if he won, he would certainly tithe on it. He said there was gambling in the Bible and nothing was wrong with it. I pointed out to him that with the exception of the gambling for Christ's garments at the foot of the crossed by unsaved Roman soldiers, there was no true gambling in the Bible. In all other instances that I can think of, "lots" were drawn. The 10 tribes of Israel drew lots to see what area they would inherit. It was a way of assigning regions of the Promised Land to each tribe. (Two tribes already had the land promised to them on the other side of the Jordan). And, I believe God guided that. Lots were drawn to choose which man would replace Judas in the twelve disciples. And, I believe God guided that. I don't look upon the drawing of lots as being gambling. Does your denomination has a stance on gambling, please feel free to share it here, too.