Apparently, the jackpot amount in our state lotto this week is at a record, humongo amount. So, everybody - even those who do not regularly play - are all fired up about buying the winning ticket. Which leads me to this question - How do you feel about Christians playing the lottery?
Most often the biblical reasons given for not playing the lotto center around the money aspect - the spiritual perils of loving money, coveting, and being preoccupied with the things of this World. (Hebrews 13:5, 1 Timothy 6:10 and many other scriptures). We are also expected to be good stewards of the money God has allowed us to have. So, throwing our money away on something that, statistically, is never going to happen is not cool. (Don't even get me started on how the lottery exploits the poor).
Yet, I find that my best answer for this question was provided by my mom - the most solid Christian woman I have ever known. I heard her say more than once that "we" don't play the lottery because "It's gambling", she said, "it's a game of "chance". And chance is not what Christians live by. We don't place our hope in odds or luck, but in God and a living Savior that know our steps backward and forward. God has plans for our future already (Jeremiah 29:11). Nothing about that is chance.
Can I get your opinion on Christians playing the lottery, by chance? (s0rry)
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future".
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.