The recent spike in Kenyans making millions through gambling has sparked up the debate which has been on Kenyans minds since the betting industry started booming late last year. There have been supporters and opposition with the later having most of the limelight. This article seems to further seek what points from the scripture on the matter.
The reason gambling should be highly discouraged is for the vices that accompany it. The love of money, addiction, covetousness, laziness accompanied with wishful thinking, the love of worldly things as well as other reasons. These verses below speak on the vices highlighted.
Mark 8:36 (NKJV), “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”
Hebrews 13:5 (ESV), “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'”
Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NASB), “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.”
1 John 2:16 ESV: For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
These factors should not be ignored and should lead our discouragement towards it. It, however, should be noted that gambling isn’t rooted in evil. Nobody is forced to gamble and it simply relies on the concept of accumulating of funds from volunteers on the basis of the rule of chance.
1 Timothy 6:10King James Version (KJV): 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
We do not all love money but we all need it. The bible very clearly highlights that the love of it will bring sorrows and will be a pathway to evil. It, however, cannot be a true claim that everyone who gambles loves money.
There are those who argue that unemployment has caused many to turn to gambling as a source of income. Advice to them would be to turn to God.
Deuteronomy 8:18New International Version (NIV): 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
The LORD is well and able to provide for the needs of those who truly follow him. It is important to remember that what one wants is not necessarily what one needs.
Psalms 34: 9 (NASB), O fear the LORD, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want. 10: The young lions do lack and suffer hunger, But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.
There has been good and bad that has come from gambling with the negative overwhelming the positive. For this reason, something that will highly bring negative results should not be discouraged but it should not be a selling point that absolutely no good can come from it. That would be dishonest. Any good thing that we say has come from God has to be put through God’s checklist and not our own for what may be good in our eyes may not be good in God’s. It is very possible but difficult for someone to gamble and improve their life from it but the chances are extremely slim and with all the vices involved, it is not worth the risk.