From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

$71,983,000

Last Sunday I preached on Daniel 7. The four beasts in Daniel’s vision are symbolic of human rule or government (they arise “from the earth”), and the four seem progressively worse as they appear. At least, the 4th is the worst, but all the rest are bad, perversions of God’s creation. The conclusion I drew was, more or less, that all human government is corrupt, tending toward violence and inhumanity (beastliness). Including ours.

That was a bit hard for me to say, as I’m a Republican, a patriot, a lover of my country. But, as I said in the sermon, the question isn’t “how are we” compared to the Third Reich or Communist China; the question is “how are we” in the eyes of God? Can we see ourselves, as a nation, as corrupt? (easy for lefties!)

Something jumped up and down in my mind as I remembered a P-D article from some time ago. After hunting around the ‘net for a while, I found what I recalled. $71,983,000 – that, according to the Missouri Gaming Commission, is the Adjusted Gross Receipts for the four St. Louis area casinos FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2008. Nearly $72 million, playing, in one month. This does NOT include admissions or meals. It’s gross receipts from games & devices, LESS WINNINGS PAID TO WAGERS.

We can think of nothing better to do with $72 million a month? And how would this look in the eyes of God? Can anyone say “Matthew 25?”

For more financial information see the Missouri Gaming Commission website, or just go here: http://www.mgc.dps.mo.gov/rb_fin_nav/mo_mkt_anal_nav.htm

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2 responses

  1. Teresa

    This figure has stuck in my head ever since that Sunday and I have heard several other people mention it also. I have repeated it to more people than probably anything else you have ever said. It really made an impression.

    August 21, 2008 at 9:55 am

  2. It’s mind boggling to me. As of today (8/21/08), the Missouri Gmming Commission shows adjusted gross receipts (income from games & devices, LESS winnings paid to players) of

    $ 1,085,884,576.18 – yep, that’s over a billion dollars
    year to date (7 months).

    This is what we do with what God has given us.

    August 21, 2008 at 10:20 am

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