Why I am Not Going to Pray You Win the Lottery

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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Published by Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Senior Pastor of Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL since 1997. I am an orthodox Christian but I am not in a bad mood about it. A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church.

2 thoughts on “Why I am Not Going to Pray You Win the Lottery

  1. 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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