See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. [Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.]
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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.