Why Gambling is Wrong
17 June 2016, 19:10
Nairobi - The foundation and corner stone tenet of gambling is to be quickly rich without any labor, this is the dream of all lazy people and a source of much evil and pain.
Gambling is defined as playing a game for money or property; to bet, to take a chance, to risk on an uncertain outcome; to expose yourself to danger and to proceed in the face of it.
Gambling is a scheme to escape labor, but in reality, gambling is an evil spirit that kills and destroys.
Gambling is a billions dollars industry in the US and is fast gaining currency in third world countries like Kenya. We have Sportpesa and Charity Sweepstake among other legal gambling entities.
This habit is the fastest growing addiction in the world with 15% of the youth and 10 % of the adults addicted to it. The effect is wrecked homes and marriages.This is because , though it attracts all type of men the poor find it very appealing as they want to believe in the get rich quick schemes.
However, the algorithm for the casinos machines are crafted in in such a way that over 70% of the winning numbers go to the owners. The chance to win there is minimal but even the few that win, statistics say that they end up losing all their money within two years to gambling and then continue with the vicious cycle.
In any language or perspective, we find that gambling is wrong. This is true from a common sense approach and even from a biblical viewpoint of the same..
Below are some cogent reasons why you need to consider leaving the habit;
1-The foundation and the attraction of it is the love of money, which is evil.
‘Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income’ (Ecc 5:10)
2-Gambling encourages laziness and covetousness in the same time. The Bible says that we should work and be good stewards of the income we make. We are to tithe to God, then use the remaining to take care of the family. Any surplus we are to invest it as seed in the work of God or to save for emergencies in the future.
‘Lazy hands make a man poor but diligent hands bring wealth’ (PV 10:4)
‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife…’ (Ex 20:17)
3-Gambling may be entertaining but it is addictive. All addictions are sins because they master the person who becomes a slave
‘A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him’ (2Pet 2:19)
4-Gambling gives false hope to people and builds false imaginations. God is to be our only hope. Our future is joyful because God, in Christ will change our sorrow into glory. Any other hope of riches and fame outside Christ is false and criminal.
‘The hopes of the wicked come to nothing…when a wicked man dies, his hope perishes; all he expected from his power come to nothing’ (PV 10:28; 11:7)
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