Thursday, August 14, 2008

Florida Church Stands on Principle

Baptist churches around the country have been in the forefront of efforts to oppose public lotteries, gambling and gaming. The poorest, most desperate and destitute members of society are disproportionately tempted to squander their resources on a long-shot chance at reversing their fortunes. They've got little left to lose and they often salve their consciences by promising to give God a tithe of their winnings. As a result, thousands of children go hungry and do without because mom and/or dad wasted the families resources on lottery tickets, slot machines, and roulette tables.

Recently, one backsliding Baptist in Florida bought a lottery ticket and hit the jackpot. He won $6 million dollars and thought a tithe to his church could remove the stumbling block example he set for the children, young people and poor of his community.

Kudos to First Baptist Church of Orange Park, Florida for declining to accept the $600,000 tithe from his lottery winnings. Their stand on principle is worth more than the entire 6 million dollar lottery ticket.

Genuine Christianity teaches people to lay their treasures up in heaven, not on earth.

2 comments:

Asinus Gravis said...

So, "genuine Christianity" teaches us not to accumulate treasure on earth.

Does that mean that "genuine Christians cannot have savings accounts in banks or credit unions? no Certificates of Deposit? no stocks or bonds? no nest-eggs anywhere on this planet?

Does this mean that "genuine Christian churches" must immediately spend every penny, nickle, dime, quarter, dollar etc. that they take in every day of the week? Is it wrong for them to buy up property on which to later expand their earthly presence in their area?

Or is this anti-gambling kick just a myopic prejudice you share with the Dixie Baptists?

Dr. Bruce Prescott said...

asinus,

I don't think Jesus would have anything against savings accounts, banks, credit unions, CD's, stocks, bonds, nest-eggs, etc.

I do think he would object to governments, people, and churches profiting from the promotion of vices.

I don't think that's myopic. I think it is foresighted.