It is no news when we say things are hard for many people. As a result, many people do different things to make ends meet. Today, many people engage in various forms of betting and other gambling activities. Although, betting is not illegal in some part of the world, but does that permit Christians to gamble? Is there anything wrong with gambling? These and other things will be addressed to know whether it is okay to engage in gambling or not as a Christian.
What is gambling?
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, gambling means “to bet on an uncertain outcome”
Does the Bible support or approve of gambling?
There are many people who will want you to point it to them where the Bible said thou shall not gamble. Interestingly, there is no biblical quotation that says that. This does not mean that the Bible is in support of it or not.
We will examine some biblical principles and judge whether gambling is okay or not.
1. Gambling relies on luck: gamblers sometimes or most times depend on luck for them to win. When the odds are in your favour it is known as good luck, but when the odds are against you it is known as bad luck. In the Bible, there is nothing like luck (read Eph. 1:11; Eccl. 3:1; Prov. 16:33). Gamblers rely on luck rather than God.
2. Not contented (greed): this is one of the driving force behind gambling. Gamblers aim to get more out of little. Someone will stake a hundred naira with a strong hope of getting 100 million naira in return. That’s greed. It is because of greed that has made many people fall into the hands of fraudsters (read 1 Tim. 6:6-10)
3. The Bible mentions some ways that people can make honest money which are
a. Through working (read 2 Thess. 3:10)
b. Through inheritance (read 2 Cor. 12:14)
Through investment (read Luke 19:11-27)
From the above, we can see gambling does not fall into any of the categories mentioned above.
4. The gambler has no neighbour: for him to win, someone must lose. He does not care about the loser. A true Christian will not do an act that gives him wealth at the expense of his neighbour. It invalidates brotherly love (read 1 Jn. 4:20).
As mentioned above, gambling prevents one from depending on God. It tempts one to waste his money. Since greed is involved, it is wrong. Many may have become millionaires from gambling but does that justify the act?
What do you think? What’s your justification for gambling?