Its not too often that I make a post of another post, but John Piper nailed this one; and this time, regarding the lottery.
It seems to be a fad these days for Christians to excessively flaunt ‘liberty.’ It’s great that the pendulum has for many of us declared its independence from the fundamentalist position, but it seems to be swinging too far the other way in a new found sense of ‘freedom’ or perhaps with the intention of convincing unbelievers that we are not such an ‘uptight bunch’ after all.
Whatever the reason, I would not be surprised if many Christians today would have an issue with our Lord’s very own words: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you (John 15:18). Of course this in no way means the Christian is to seek to be hated, but the message he or she brings to unregenerate people will by no means seem friendly or acceptable apart from the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit. As a side note, this is coming from a Presbyterian. There are great liberties we are given by God and as we will see below an eagerness to get rich quick via the lottery is not one of them.
When it comes to playing the lottery, there should be an overwhelming agreement in the foolishness of such a habit. Two verses come to mind:
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent (Proverbs 28:20)
He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him (Proverbs 28:22)
Basically, that should do it. That should convince the Bible-believing Christian of the danger and inanity of its practice. Faithfulness brings blessing, not an eagerness to get rich. It is poverty, not riches, that await those who hasteth to get rich. In addition, Proverbs 10:4 (as well as many other passages) tell us that hard work over time brings wealth. Wealth is not a bad thing at all, but those who hasten to get rich shall have poverty come upon them. That is a promise. There is never a middle ground in any matter; it is either God’s way or man’s way.
This is exactly the outcome we see today with those who play the lottery. The odds are overwhelmingly against them and they know it.
So back to the article. John Piper wrote an piece earlier this year that I thought was fantastic and one I will reference for future needs. He gives seven good reasons Christians should not play the lottery.
Here is a link: HERE