008: Taking Our Chances with a Lottery Episode or Should Christians Play the Lottery?

“Is it OK to play the lottery?”

“Can Christians play the lottery?”

“Is playing the lottery a sin?”

These are common questions when considering buying one of those tickets or “Scratchers.”

Sometimes entertaining the thought of just how much good you can do with the winnings: build churches, feed the poor, send missionaries—almost justifies the act.

What does Scripture say? While we do not find the words “Lottery” or “Scratchers” in the Bible; let’s consider the principles that apply in an effort to guide us in this matter.

In This Episode We Look At:

The desire that drives one to play the lottery. Often the lottery is looked at as a potential way out of financial woes; indicating someone is discontent with their current finances. Jesus warns of  covetousness in Luke 12:15, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

It is diligent and wise labor that brings financial profit. Proverbs 14:23 “In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”  Proverbs 13:11 “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.”

The warnings of wealth. They that desire to be rich, “…fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 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 6:9-10

Today’s Resources and Links:

Lotto winner wishes he had torn up ticket

A treasury of terribly sad stories of lottery winners

One Thing You Can Do Today to Improve Your Financial World:

When you hear the news of a pending, enormous jackpot payout; decide to “set your affections on the things above, not on things on the earth.” Rehearse in your mind and heart all the things you are thankful for.

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