Gambling is one of the worst forms of covetousness, a clear violation of the 10th Commandment. The growing mania for gambling is a great curse to individuals, families and to society.
What is the fundamental evil of gambling? For one person to win money, others must lose money. When you are desiring to win, you are desiring that others lose. It's the opposite of loving your neighbor as yourself. It's selfish, materialistic, greedy, addictive and contrary to the biblical work ethic and God's way of give.
If you are tempted to excuse gambling because you're gambling for only small stakes, the principles are the same. What would Jesus do?
Don Hooser is a minister for the United Church of God. He and his wife Judy live in his home in McKinney, Texas, during the winter months and in her home in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, during the summer months. His wife Elsie died in August 2020 and he married Judy on January 1, 2022. Mr. Hooser graduated in 1963 from Southern Methodist University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and graduated in 1966 from Ambassador College, Big Sandy, Texas. For most of the time since then he served as a church pastor.