Amos 8:4 & 6 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,… That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?
Gambling has become a global pass time. It, like many other things that use to be condemned as sin, is now looked upon as just another form of entertainment. States have made it popular with state run lotteries, and some have state run and funded casinos. Yet, did you know that over sixty percent of those who gamble regularly are at, or below poverty level? For every person who wins, millions of dollars must be lost. I know, some are saying, if they don’t have the money, they should not play. However, the Christian thing to do is not to provide a temptation to sin. Gambling is still sin. God has never looked kindly on those who have money, taking advantage of those that do not. That’s exactly what we do every time we buy a lottery ticket. Isn’t it sad that part of the money spent on lottery tickets will go to commercials warning about the addictiveness of gambling? Some will fund counseling for those who find themselves caught in this trap. If you’re buying those tickets, doing on-line wagering, going to casinos or bingo halls, you have a part in taking advantage of the poor and needy.
Amos warned Israel about this practice. He said you; “swallow up the needy,” and “make the poor of the land to fail.” He said they are; “falsifying the balances by deceit” and they “buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes.” God hated this poor treatment of the hurting then, and God doesn’t change.
What could God do with the money Christians spend on gambling? Remember, He feed thousands with a few loaves and fishes. Put that money in God’s hands instead of the worlds. That my friend is the only real, sure bet!
Do we really think the world will bless us
more than God?
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