Dear Church Family –
I was shocked to read that nearly 68 million American adults—about one in four—say they plan to bet on the Superbowl this Sunday. When asked how much they plan to bet it totals up to $23.1 billion. These figures were released by the American Gaming Association on February 6th.
The dramatic recent rise of legal sports gambling doesn’t change the problems with gambling.
It is addictive.
It is destructive to marriage and family relationships.
It goes against God’s way of using the money He provides us.
It creates a wrong attitude toward money and wealth.
It contributes to poor mental health.
Just listen to some of the recent headlines online:
The Real Dangers of Sports Betting, According to Experts – menshealth.com
The Dark Side of the Sports Betting Boom – cnn.com
Sports Gambling is a Disaster Waiting to Happen – theatlantic.com
The Rising Human Cost of Sports Betting – nytimes.com
And here’s a sampling of what God says about gambling:
Proverbs 13:11 – “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.”
Proverbs 28:19-20 – “Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty. A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 – “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.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”
1 Timothy 6:10 – “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
I hope you can enjoy the big game Sunday for what it is—a sporting contest. And I hope the Chiefs win!
Sunday morning we’re going to talk about how giving money to God brings a true reward. We’re looking at Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount where He says, “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” (Matt 6:2-4)
What we do with our money is a form of worship. See you Sunday! – Pastor Tim