The state of Maryland opened its largest casino last night, the Maryland Live! Casino. A pretty good article about the casino can be found here. As pastor, I feel like it is necessary for me to give a biblical response to this and some wisdom to my church family regarding participation at the casino.
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense (Proverbs 12:11; 28:19)
Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven (Proverbs 23:4-5)
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished (Proverbs 28:29)
A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him (Proverbs 28:22)
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money (Matthew 6:24)
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But 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. 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 (1 Timothy 6:6-10)
So don’t gamble your life away at the Maryland Live! Casino. Use your money wisely. Invest in the glory of God in the spread of the gospel to the neighborhoods and the nations. Then you (and others) will experience what it means to be really alive.