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

Is Gambling Wrong? Really?

OK I have a “thing” for gambling (St. Louis area casino adjusted gross receipts for April 2011 was $79,475,000 – that’s right, over $79 million in April alone – up 5% from April 2010 – go here if you don’t believe me). I have friends who gamble – some of my best friends are gamblers! – and people will often come back at me with comments about gambling being no worse than investing in the stock market, it’s just a form of entertainment, etc.

I found a brief but interesting article (the first of a series) which helped me think through why I think gambling is wrong. Phil Johnson makes several distinctions between gambling and the stock market, gambling and farming, gambling and getting on an airplane. And he points out something I hadn’t thought about – that one gambler’s winnings comes out of other gamblers’ pockets. Not the pockets of the owners or operators. And that’s at the base of what’s wrong with gambling. To read the whole article, go here.


One response

  1. Drenda

    While I do not begrudge anyone that enjoys gambling for me, it’s like walking up and hanging someone money. Normally someone who already has alot of money. While you can argue that it is a form of entertainment and you set a limit. I still feel if I spend 50 bucks at a restaurant, I get a meal, I pay 20 at the theatre, I get a show. I drop 50 at a Casino and I get the pleasure of dropping 50 at a Casino. For me, I would rather either get something in return for the money or, if I feel like giving money away I can walk to any soup kitchen, any Human Society, my church donation plate on Sunday and hand them 50 bucks, I at least then get the pleasure of knowing in some small way I have helped someone. I realize that you have the chance of “winning” money in return but, for me, I don’t have that kind of luck (or skill of you wish to call it that) and the odds of me making more than I spent are pretty slim. Just my thoughts.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:35 am

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