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Why I am Not Going to Pray You Win the Lottery

April 23, 2014

Why I am Not Going to Pray You Win the Lottery

Over the years I have had innumerable people tell me that if they win the lottery, they will pay off our church building debt. I never quite know how to respond. They would have to really win a lot of money to pay off our church building debt. Since our debt is about $5,000,000 dollars and they we be taxed 50% and they probably want to keep 90% of the after tax windfall themselves, I am guessing they would have to win about $200,000,000.

I know that winning that much is possible now that there is a billion dollar lottery but it seems less possible than being killed by lightening and no one has ever taken out a life insurance policy on a lightening strike and promised to donate it to the church if they get zapped while mowing the yard (at least in my experience). Since I consider the lottery a tax for people who can’t do math, my hopes for a debt-less congregation are not aided by the “if I win the lottery” promises, nor am I driven to prayer pleading with God that they will win the Power Ball.

I must confess that I often wonder how much money people in congregations all over the country actually do spend on the lottery…and at the casinos. I am guessing quite a bit. My unscientific hypothesis is this: If people who attend church gave what they spend gambling to the building fund, most church debt loads would be paid off already.

 

-Rev. Shane L. Bishop, A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church. is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois

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2 Comments
  1. Reblogged this on rememberbooks and commented:

    Seemed timely to bring this one back up from the archives…

  2. Jerry Reece permalink

    Individuals have at time that the Bible doesn’t really say much against gambling. At 1st glance that is true, I have found very few instances where gambling is mentioned, except here….

    I Tim 1:19 – 1:20 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons,
    ~and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;~

    I think most people would admit gambling is ~contrary to sound doctrine~ especially at casinos. It is not a win-win scenario…but win-lose.

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