Gambling boats, casinos, lottery tickets, even church beanos offer that pot at the end of the rainbow...And we as good and not so good Christians can and will fall for all the hoopla, to get caught up in all the LIES! Statistics say differently!...The emotional and incredible waste it is basically just throwing your hard earned money out the window and into all the jerks pockets who don't care if you and your family are starving because of this addiction...After all you should have self discipline when gambling..."Its not their fault" BUT!...What if you do have self discipline to "TAKE" them! They all offer their little incentives to come aboard...Free food, free drinks, free rooms, free things that only the rich (whales) know about such as sex and drugs, free trips, free, free, free. What if you just took them up on say a free room with a great view, the food, etc. To stay away from the free drinks and the rest of the mind numbing things. That you used the little free trips and enjoyed them and did not gamble or just gamble to a set amount and absolutely did not go above it. Am I just being naïve? Ive been to Vegas twice and I stayed to my limit, took them up on all the freebies like seeing the Cirque De Soliel, endless great meals, I even went to every bar along the strip to get the first two beers free then would move on to the next bar to get there free beers...Can you say DUH!..LOL After everything was said and done I had mixed emotions...Everything was great!..but I justified it with saying the money I spent with the discipline is what I would have spent on hotel, shows etc. anyways if I didn't gamble...But where is the free?...There was nothing free?...Actually I felt a little guilty especially when I went to the free "all you can eat" places knowing very well that just a few miles down the road some kid was probably a little hungry in the poor part of town...And Vegas has them! Is this dancing with temptation? Is this a non Christian activity all together? To just not play lottery tickets, play beano (bingo) or play texas holdem with your friends and family with a POT in the middle? I personally never got too carried away with it all except for blackjack a few times in my life and I havent studied how to play all the other games especially Texas holdem seems to be the thing the past several years and I get the look like I have three eyeballs when I tell people I don't know how to play or have the desire...lol It all come back to applying Bible principles: Although the Bible does not mention the term gambling by name, the Christian principles are clear and plain. Compulsive gambling for stakes that make a difference is a violation of the Tenth Commandment forbidding coveting. (We are not talking here about a private poker game among friends for matchsticks or dimes.) This commandment forbids greed and covetousness (Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21). Indeed the apostle Paul labels covetousness as a form of idolatry-putting something else in the place of the true God. Contrary to the advice of a popular actor in the role of a Wall Street baron in a popular movie several years ago, GREED IS NOT GOOD. The kickback is far too high a price to pay.... Simply put, we should be willing to work for what we earn and not increase our own wealth with the intention of depriving others. The biblical proverbs, mainly written and compiled by King Solomon, are replete with admonitions that place the desire for riches and wealth in a proper, godly perspective. Taken together, they advocate patience, diligence, hard work and trust in God as preparatory steps toward success . Here are some passages: • "Treasures of wickedness profit nothing" (Proverbs 10:2). • "He who has a slack hand becomes poor; but the hand of the diligent makes rich" (Proverbs 10:4). • "The labor of the righteous leads to life" (Proverbs 10:16). • "The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it" (Proverbs 10:22). • "He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding" (Proverbs 12:11; compare 28:19 below). • "Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase" (Proverbs 13:11). • "Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure with trouble" (Proverbs 15:16). • "The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty; but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty" (Proverbs 21:5). • "The borrower is servant to the lender" (Proverbs 22:7). • "Will you set your eyes on that which is not?.. For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven" ..(Proverbs 23:5). • "He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough".. (Proverbs 28:19; compare 12:11 above). • "Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me" (Proverbs 30:8, King James Version). These biblical principles, expressed in differently worded proverbs, show us how to handle our material blessings in ways that lead to a better life, both materially and spiritually. Gambling is NOT the answer to our material woes... God is!... He teaches us a way of life that includes planning, hard work and real enjoyment. This in depth article explains more: The burgeoning human cost: It is reported that "studies show gamblers going without food and clothes, resorting to theft and other illegal activities to get money [for the gambling habit] and suffering high rates of family breakdown" (The Church of England newspaper, Oct. 29, 2004). According to San Francisco Chronicle writer Susan Gluss, "Economist Earl Grinols, author of Gambling in America: Costs and Benefits, studied the rates of crime, bankruptcies, lost workdays, domestic violence, illness, divorces and more, in counties with-and without-casinos. Even using conservative estimates, he found that social costs of gambling outweigh benefits 3 to 1 . . . "Just one pathological gambler costs society about $11,000, says Grinols. He estimates the annual cost of gambling to the U.S. economy at between $40 billion and $50 billion, nearly half the cost of drug abuse. The bottom line: Gambling takes far more than it gives. "Entire communities can suffer. Although casinos create a host of new jobs at first, those gains are typically offset by layoffs and poor sales in area businesses. Restaurants lose customers to the casino's bars and cafes. Dollars spent by townsfolk on, say, refrigerators, cars, or clothes disappear into a slot machine vacuum." Missouri is a case in point. Gambling tax revenue brought $242 million in 2002. But Casino Watch, a group opposed to gambling, argues that "the state lost more than double that amount-a whopping $572 million-in gambling-related business failures, crime, unemployment, social service costs and more."
My state government was taken over by Democrats in the last election, and after first pushing state expenditures way up, despite the recession, and running up a huge deficit, they are now clamoring to approve not just one or two but five casinos. We have never previously approved any casino nor slot machines.
This blog is a great encouragement for me to collect and publish arguments against, and I'd be grateful for any more you can think of.
It seems to me Democrats are on the side of evil in virtually every major issue: abortion, church restrictions, drug legalization, euthanasia, gambling, media violence, reducing criminal sentences, pornography, prostitution. When will Christians unite to stop this slide into depravity?