During the last ten
years, through the introduction of the National Lottery and the
development in internet gambling, Britain has seen the growth
in gambling on an unprecedented scale. The government is now trying
to push through legislation to loosen gambling restrictions by
allowing super casinos to open in many towns and cities across
Britain. With gambling so common in Britain, some serious questions
need to be raised regarding the moral, social and political impact
that gambling has on society. The following is a list of eight
reasons why Christians should be opposed to gambling:
Gambling undermines trust in God for our needs
God wants us to depend
upon Him for all our needs. We are not to worry about our life,
our food and clothing. Life is more important than the material.
The pleasures and treasures of this life are nothing in comparison
to God's kingdom and righteousness. Neither chance nor fatalism
are condoned in the Bible. What is called for is trust in our
Father in heaven who provides our daily bread.
It is biblically wrong for a Government to promote gambling
As the prayer book reads, the job of those in authority is to
punish 'wickedness and vice' and to maintain 'true religion and
virtue'. That sentiment is based directly on the teaching in Romans
13, 1-7. Governments are ordained by God to maintain law and order
and protect their citizens and restrain evil. For a government
to push a gambling agenda onto a nation is entirely contrary to
Gambling promotes superstition
National Lottery symbol (crossed-fingers) encourage wrong attitudes.
In some respects the message is implicit rather than explicit.
It is nontheless real. Thus instead of encouraging trust in God
gambling fosters an irrational belief in fate. That is surely
wrong as the bible says that God is in complete control of the
Gambling undermines the biblical command to work
Gambling undermines the biblical command to work. Work is part
of God's creation ordinance and Christians are to 'work with their
hands,' and 'a man who does not work shall not eat.' Gambling
encourges a something for nothing attitude and therefore undermines
the importance of working for our needs.
Gambling promotes greed
Tenth Commandment is explicit; You shall not covet. What is the
driving force behind most people's gambling? It is the craving
desire (which can become an obsession) to have more than one has
already got. The bible also says that godliness with contentment
is great gain.
Gambling encourages wrong motives in giving
types of gambling are simply there to raise money for good causes.
This ranges from raffles and prize draws to the good causes paid
out by the National Lottery. Many people's motives for these types
of gambling are unlikely to be to give to good causes (especially
the National Lottery).
Gambling promotes financial hardship amongst the poor
Statistics show that
lower income groups spend more than others on gambling, and therefore
also a higher percentage of their overall income. Many poor people
see gambling as a way out of financial hardship, however with
the odds being so low of winning a fortune, gambling for most
people makes their situation worse.
Gambling leads to addiction
Many people have become
addicted to gambling in Britain. This can lead to serious financial
and social problems for those (and family members) addicted. Loss
of property and possessions is not uncommon. It seems to be an
addiction which many find very difficult to stop.