The Bible and Gambling
Gambling appears to fly in the face of various Scriptural precepts. The
Bible tells us that diligence is God's normal secondary means by which
men are to acquire wealth, but gamblers seek wealth quickly through
games of chance (Prov. 28:19-22).
Wealth obtained through labor endures, but wealth obtained by means
such as gambling is transitory (Prov. 13:11). The Bible warns against
quickly obtaining wealth (Prov. 20:21) but quick acquisition of large
sums of money is the primary motivation for gambling. While God may
well grant us material blessings (which we should be thankful for and
enjoy), we are specifically told not to seek to be rich (Prov. 23:4)
and to be content with what God has provided by means of our labor
(1 Tim. 6:6-11).
Gambling leaves in its wake a diversion of funds from righteous
financial transactions to corrupt uses, an increase of crime and
corruption, a group of men who are "addicted" (dominated by their
sinful actions - see Gen. 4:7 and Rom. 6:12) and a growing number of
The hypocrisy of our state and federal magistrates attacking demon
tobacco and yet promoting the far more morally deadly gambling,
feeding as it does greed and envy, is monumental. How about some
liability lawsuits against the Oregon Lottery Commission? We are in
the unenviable position of having our civil government actually tempt
men and women to engage in the specific actions the Scriptures quoted
above (and many more) clearly condemn.
This voters' guide produced by Parents Education Association, PAC.