Just a very quick word about my feelings on lottery, in order to get them off my chest. Despite whatever good it may raise funds for, and that is considerably little, the whole force behind a lottery is pre-supposing that a majority of people will lose, and it is built on the backs of the poor who are drawn to it. (See what John Piper has to say about it: Seven Reasons Not to Play the Lottery). The Bible commands followers of Christ to care for those in need (James 1:27), not condone a practice that further burdens them by participating in it. There are also wisdom verses that caution against get-rich-quick choices (Proverbs 13:11), commands against the love of money (Matthew 6:24, Hebrews 13:5, 1 Timothy 6:10), and warning of our accountability in stewarding our resources (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). We need to take our Lord’s commands seriously. Even if you pledge to give some percentage of winnings to the Church or for religious charity, the Scripture tells us God would not be honored by this because He is more concerned about our hearts (Hosea 6:6). So are you justifying purchasing just that one ticket like it’s no big deal? I’ll leave this quote I read today right here as a final thought:
15,499,173 Southern Baptist church members x $2 (cost of Powerball ticket)= $30,988,346 for IMB missions.