7 Reasons Why Christians Should Stay Away From The Lottery

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According to the Atlantic, Americans are now spending up to $70 BILLION on lotteries each year. This is insane! When calculated,  that’s over $230 for each man, woman, and child in the US.

The Powerball or Mega Millions lotteries often rise to unusually high numbers. The lottery drawing that just took place was that of $140 million and $400 million. How should a Christian react to such facts?

SEE ALSO: “Is It Wrong To Gamble – Here’s What The Bible Says”

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The answer is simple: Do NOT partake in any lottery games.

1. It is spiritually toxic.

Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. . . . and pierced themselves with many pangs” (1 Timothy 6:9–10).

2. It’s legal embezzlement.

Jesus asked us to work for what we have, and that was to be how Christian families would provide for themselves.

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. – Ephesians 4:28

3. It makes you look like a fool.

Literally, the odds of winning are nearly 176 million-to-one. These companies love tricking you into thinking that you’ll be the ONE to win, just as Satan himself tricked Adam and Eve.

4. Every player but 1 loses.

Would you risk your life on a game that you’re guaranteed to lose? Of course not! So why risk the money you need to survive? It’s essentially the same thing.

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5. People who play it the most are the poor.

According to the International Business Times, the lottery supports and encourages “yet another corrosive addiction that preys upon the greed and hopeless dreams of those trapped in poverty. This harmless game, isn’t so harmless at all now is it?

6. There are way better alternatives to invest in.

According to the Opinion Research Corporation for the Consumer Federation of America, if a family would save $500 a year instead of spending it on lottery tickets, the index fund of each year would accumulate to $24,000 after 20 years. Now doesn’t that sound worthwhile?

7. It is a dishonest way of earning your livings.

It is not a Christian thing to do to build your life on the backs of the poor. Instead, let us pray that Christ’s people find comfort in our Lord, so much that they are freed from the greed of this filthy world.

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