1 Timothy 6:9-10 (KJV): “But they that will 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.”
Today’s devotion is on GAMBLING, a topic that you rarely hear anything about in most Christian churches and organizations, except for financial ministries, CPAs and financial advisors.
What does the Bible say about “gambling?” There is no direct prohibition, but there are two ways for Christ-followers to discern wisdom from folly, right from wrong: (1) by studying Scriptural principles and (2) by inspecting the fruit. Tapping various Christian resources, here is a summary:
Gambling disregards responsible stewardship.
Gambling involves chance of gain at the expense and suffering of others.
Gambling is inconsistent with a Scriptural work ethic.
Gambling is contrary to Biblical warnings against greed.
Gambling is incongruous with a healthy recognition of God’s Providence.
Gambling is unwise because it is enslaving.
Gambling is a compromise of Christian ethics and witness.
Gambling operations are steeped in deceit and manipulation.
Gambling is conducted in corrupting environments.
Gambling sanctioned by government is a travesty.
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about Matthew 26:41 (KJV), read The Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-30) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.