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CLARITY – 5-7-18 “Justify-ing” Gambling

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-7-18

 

“Justify-ing” Gambling

 

What’s Happening:  “In the rainiest Kentucky Derby in recent memory, a Texas woman won $1.2 million on an $18 dollar bet, as Justify won it all. The horse itself had to work much harder, but he went home with a little more money too…$1.24 million! (https://www.yahoo.com/sports/texas-woman-wins-1-2-million-18-kentucky-derby-bet-003649507.html). Sure, it was as rare as winning the lottery or lotto, but it might not make her rich. History is full of stories of big winners who squandered fast-gotten wealth (http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/tragic-stories-lottery-winners-article-1.2492941).”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Yeah, but if I won big, it would be different.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…if you have the money and it doesn’t have you…and the very fact that you gambled does not bode well. There are a lot of people who just want to (pardon the pun) “defy the odds.” Unfortunately, the very drive they had to risk on gambling is the fatal flaw in their ability to wisely invest.”

 

“Christians? We are warned not to seek quick riches (Prov. 28:20). Sure, few want to slave it out for 45 years at hard labor and saving, but often the getting of the small nest egg you can attain garners much more happiness than the sum itself. Quick gain does not come with the character to use wisely. The real question is not how you quickly you can fill your pockets,but how long you can keep the money you do put in there.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be wise in the getting, the giving, the investing and the spending of the blessings that You send our way; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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