Why do you think a Christian should not play? What are the tests if you are going to do something or not, play or otherwise? Read on and explore this important topic with me.
Here are some tests to help you decide whats right or wrong to do when its not clear:
Does God glorify God?
The Bible says that we will glorify God in all we do. You may or may not agree with this, but that is what God wants from us. If you were an ambassador to America to another country, you must stand up for America and honor your country. The same applies if we call Christians. We can not be it if we deny God in what we say and do. Its hypocrisy, and you know what the world likes.
Does God glorify you for spending money that God has allowed you to play? No. The Bible also says that God has given us all the power to make money. But if we release our money at stake, it does not show much wisdom from our side. These machines or anything you do at the casino or elsewhere are set to earn money for the people behind them. So you basically throw your money away by doing this.
Does anyone hurt it?
This reason for a Christian who does not play seems silent at the controversy. The Bible says in the Roman book that we should pay attention to others when we do something. The verses in this lesson are talking about eating food offered idols, but the overall lesson is about everything we do. For example, when my wife and I were first married, we knew a couple who did not think they would go to any restaurant that served alcoholic beverages. Even though neither of us drank it, it was wrong to even go to a restaurant that served these things. So if we had insisted and taken them there anyway, the Bible would call what stirs them and possibly harms their relationship with God. So we did not go to these types of restaurants when they were with us.
Lets say youre a strong Christian and you can handle games without it hurting you spiritually. But someone who is a weaker Christian sees you at the casino or where you play games.
They are weaker in faith and may have trouble overtaking this area. So because youre there, it can make them play and have some bad circumstances.
Where is the money?
The money you spend at the casino does not go to Christians, but to an Indian tribe and other people who are unlikely to be Christians or they would not be in that industry. Basically, the money goes to the enemy, Satan or someone who is not a believer. So by spending your money there in some way, you help to commit evil. You probably will not follow this comment because you want to play and you may think Im too narrow. But if you really think of this and ask for it, you will see the truth in it.
Even if you go for entertainment or outside to eat or to a sports event or concert at a casino or whatever you still feed the enemy your money God has given you. Certainly, God wants us to enjoy us, but not everything honors God in this world.
If you tell your friends and family, are you Christian and still go to gamble, how does it differ from the world? The Bible says that we should be a light in the dark so that others can see God in us. If you go to games and the worldly person goes to play, whats the difference between you. You give a bad example. You can not tell your friends and family that you will not do it if you do. Its also hypocrisy. Are you a true Christian or a hypocrite? Its all about smoking, etc. You can not tell people not to do what you do. Then you are a bad example and your witness as a Christian is nonexistent.
Would Jesus do it?
If you study the Bible, youll see how Jesus performed himself. So that would give you a good idea if he would do what youre thinking about. Of course, you can say that he would make it an excuse to do it anyway, but if you are truly sincere, you will search the scriptures and discern if it is appropriate to do what you have planned for much prayer.
For example, would Jesus get his own way even though it hurts others? No, because Jesus had humility and laid his Fathers will over his own. He did not come to hurt people without helping them by saving them from their sins. There is a good book on this topic called In His Steps, which shows you how to decide if Jesus would do a certain thing. You can find it in a bookstore or online. Sometimes they have special offers when you can get a copy for about five dollars or less.