But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
State-sponsored gambling is predicated upon the perverse idea that wealth is a function of luck, being lucky enough to latch onto a load of the limited lucre in the world. It’s an evolutionary mindset—namely, that chance drives prosperity by having the “fit” consume the less fit.
But being fruitful and multiplying is a radically different mindset, mixing creativity with labor to produce something beneficial for people in the strength God supplies. Gambling produces nothing, and actually siphons money away from productive sectors of an economy, encouraging senseless risk in the process.
Farmers also take risk, but they eliminate every risk they can, creating something in the process.
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.—Proverbs 28:20
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.